Journal Article

A greenprint for sustainable contraceptive research and development

Contraceptives are critical for women’s health and quality of life. Being able to determine the timing, spacing and number of children benefits women, men and their families. With the world population expected to reach 10 billion by the end of the century, it is important that our research and development (R&D) agenda for contraceptives reflect both our concern for women’s health and preventing unintended pregnancy and disease and well as our concern for the environment.

In November 2011, the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and the Population Council convened a small meeting of reproductive and environmental health experts to develop a conceptual framework for a green contraceptive R&D agenda. This “greenprint,” the result of that meeting, starts to lay out our vision for a green contraceptive R&D agenda, describes the challenges and opportunities for pursuing this agenda, and provides ideas for next steps.