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Reproductive health services, including family planning, are crucial for women and girls in humanitarian crises like the Nepal earthquake. This video features voices of a woman from Sindhuli district of Nepal affected by the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015 to justify the importance of family planning in humanitarian crisis. It is about how disasters prevent the needy women (like Tanka Kumari of Nepal) and girls from accessing to proper reproductive health and family planning services.

Following the earthquake, many women and girls in Nepal were forced to discontinue the use of contraceptives. Such situation has a long-term impact on women’s health.

Because family planning is a significant investment to promote human capital development, combat poverty and harness a demographic dividend, we must energize the momentum around the critical need for family planning commitments to be made, renewed and delivered.

Family planning empowers women to have children by choice, not by chance!