Population Action International (PAI) works to ensure adequate financial resources and sound policies in support of expanding access to sexual and reproductive health services on behalf of women and families around the world. The message that PAI delivers remains constant: improving access to family planning and reproductive health services improves lives and lessens the human impact on the environment that sustains us all.
Population Action International works to ensure that every person has the right and access to sexual and reproductive health, so that humanity and the natural environment can exist in balance and fewer people live in poverty.
PAI fosters the development of U.S. and international policy on urgent population and reproductive health issues through an integrated program of research, advocacy, and communications. PAI has identified the following long-term goals to guide its activities:
Full political and financial support for sexual and reproductive health policies and programs that improve the health and status of women and girls.
Strong national sexual and reproductive health policies and funding through the full realization of international agreements such as the ICPD Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals.
Completing the demographic transition worldwide through rights-based sexual and reproductive health policies and programs that contribute to the well-being of women, their families and the natural environment.
Modest investments in international family planning have paid tremendous dividends since PAI was founded in 1965 – mothers and newborns are healthier, girls are staying in school longer, more couples are able to prevent unwanted pregnancy, abortion and sexually transmitted disease. As a result, the quality of life for millions of women and their families has improved remarkably in a relatively short span of time. PAI has always been – and continues to be - vital to this success.
I. To mobilize political and financial support for family planning programs which promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights. II. To highlight population as one of the critical factors in reducing poverty and achieving balance between humanity and the natural environment. III. To convene and enhance the ability of coalitions, partnerships and in-country civil society organizations to leverage advocacy skills and activities on a range of population, family planning, and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.