Sub-Saharan Africa

In Sub-Saharan Africa, lack of access to quality reproductive health information and services as well as social and economic pressures on women often lead to early marriage, early childbearing and large family size. In many Sub-Saharan countries, roughly 25–40 percent of the population is below 15 years of age, posing a challenge to governments who will need to provide them with educational and economic opportunities as well as appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and services. The inequities and obstacles to care, combined with a rapidly growing youth population, exacerbate poor health outcomes and weaken already overburdened systems.

Our Goals

Our work in Sub-Saharan Africa is focused on improving quality of and access to voluntary family planning/contraception, comprehensive sexuality education, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health services. This includes both safe abortion and post-abortion care.

What We Fund

The Sub-Saharan Africa subprogram aims to:

  • Expand access to quality family planning and reproductive health services, including safe abortion and post-abortion care;
  • Expand access to comprehensive sexuality education in schools and communities and improve access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in the public sector;
  • Build local and regional movements to advance political and financial support for family planning and reproductive health.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, we make deep investments at the national level in Ethiopia and in the region of Oromia, Ethiopia. We also make targeted investments in Kenya, Rwanda, and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. We also fund strategic regional advocacy initiatives. We generally do not fund programs in other Sub-Saharan African countries.

Our Approach

Our program work is driven by strategy. Learn more about our work and targeted initiatives.

(photo: © Amy Iftekhar)