Back in 1989, a man named Phil Harvey started DKT International, and wrote the first page of our story. From that humble start, we're proud to have become one of the most cost-effective Family Organisations in the world, providing products and services to couples at less than $2 per year.
Phil Harvey first became interested in family planning in 1968 while working on emergency food relief for CARE International in India. In 1970, Phil Harvey and his UNC professor Tim Black founded the business Adam & Eve in order to finance their charitable activities and founded the non-profit health organization Population Services International that same year.
DKT International was named in honour of D.K.(Deep) Tyagi. Mr.Tyagi was Assistant Commissioner of Family Planning in charge of public motivation and education aspects of India's Family Planning Program and made a major contribution to his country's Family Planning effort. His success in saturating the country with simple, attractive messages and designs (including the Red Triangle, which is now in use in several other countries) overcame age-old communication barriers and greatly increased public awareness of birth control.
Our headquarters expenses are less than 2% of the budget. We served more than 22 million couples in 2011. This represents some 6% of all contraceptives, used by couples in the developing world, excluding China. DKT has received Charity Navigator's coveted 4-star rating for financial performance, 6 years in a row.
In 2011 we sold more than 250 million condoms, enough to circle the earth 3 times and our programs have been successful in averting 7 million unwanted pregnancies, 1.4 million abortions and 12,000 maternal deaths in 2011.