Reproductive Health

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Sources: The Guttmacher Institute, 2012; The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2013

Facts and Figures

  • 222 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning.
  • Of these, 162 million women live in the world’s poorest countries.

Barriers to contraception

  • Financial
  • Spousal approval/parental consent
  • Stockouts
  • Stigma

Impact of unmet need

  • 80 million unplanned pregnancies
  • 30 million unplanned births
  • 40 million abortions every year

Investing in family planning

  • For every $1 spent on family planning, $6 is saved.

Investing $ 8.1 billion a year in voluntary family planning in the developing world would…

  • Reduce unintended pregnancies by more than 66%
  • Prevent 30% of maternal deaths
  • Avert 20% of newborn deaths
  • Reduce unsafe abortion by 40%

As well as increase productivity for girls and women, develop a more sustainable world, and positively affect population dynamics.


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