Parliamentary Launch of Marie Stopes International’s Global Impact Report

Marie Stopes International’s Global Impact Report was launched on June 26 in UK Parliament by Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell. The report focuses on family planning in the developing world, including health, social, and economic impact analysis over the last 60 years.

Also discussed in the highlights are the impacts of the global unmet need for family planning, and the nearly 300,000 women who die each year from pregnancy related complications. Despite this, more than 200 million women in developing countries who wish to delay or avoid pregnancy do not have access to contraception.

The Global Impact Report also highlights the success of family planning, including that 188 million unintended pregnancies are avoided each year, and 150,000 women’s lives are saved, both from family planning.

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, said, “This important report, which comes just two weeks before The London Summit on Family Planning, is a valuable piece of research that clearly demonstrates the benefits of contraception and why we are working to provide access to family planning for an additional 120 million of the world’s poorest women who want it.”
Dana Hovig, CEO Marie Stopes International said, “Contraceptives should not be, and need not be, a luxury. They are life-saving, transformational, cost-effective and deliver big savings in healthcare costs. In short, contraceptives are one of the best investments a country can make for itself and its citizens. Here in the UK, over 80% of women use contraception, but if you look to somewhere like sub-Saharan Africa, only 20% of women can access it.  This is a pivotal year for women’s reproductive health choices and rights and, as one of the world’s leading providers of sexual and reproductive healthcare, Marie Stopes International looks forward to contributing and helping ensure all women have access to contraception, regardless of where they live.”

Copies of the report are available to download here, and for the first time a digital version with info-graphics and data visualization is available.

Entry Comments

  1. Without a doubt contraception should be top most on the list of necessities of the developed world. Some countries are having population explosions that will create more problems in already over burdened economies.

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