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Family Planning Saves the Lives of Mothers & Infants

FAMILY PLANNING SAVES Family planning helps mothers and couples make thoughtful decisions about when to start families and how many children they will have. It can save millions of lives each year. THE LIVES OF MOTHERS & INFANTS The Problem 26% of women in developing countries who 1 215 MILLION WOMEN want to avoid pregnancy lack access to effective WITH UNMET NEED FOR EFFECTIVE CONTRACEPTION contraceptive methods. Contraceptive Use The risk of a woman or infant dying is many times larger in developing than developed countries. 44% All comparisons are to mortality in developed countries. Mortality Maternal Infant xxxxxx Contraceptive Use 55% XXXX XXXXxx Atantie Orent 19X 10X HIGHER Mortality HIGHER Contraceptive Use Maternal Infant SOUTH-CENTRAL ASIA 25% xxxxxx Contraceptive Use 67% Mortality 11X 6X HIGHER HIGHER Maternal Infant Mortality XXXXXX SOUTHEAST ASIA Maternal Infant XXXXXX0 ххXX nian Ocean 6X 4X HIGHER HIGHER XXXXxx ELEMENTS OF FAMILY PLANNING XXX LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN 45X 16X HIGHER HIGHER SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA INFORMATION SUPPORTIVE ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIVES ENVIRONMENT & COUNSELLING Contraceptive Use: The proportion of married women of reproductive age who are using (or whose partner is usingl an effective contraceptive at a given point in time (i.e., the modern contraception prevalence ratel. Maternal Mortality Ratio: The number maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. The number of times more likely a woman will die during pregnancy or childbirth in a developing country region compared to a woman in developed countries. Infant Mortality Ratio: The number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The number of times more likely an infant will die in the developing country region compared to an infant in developed countries. The Impact 75 MILLION Lack of access to effective contraceptives increases the number of unintended and high-risk pregnancies. UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES 356,000 3,200,000 20,000,000 MATERNAL DEATHS NEWBORN DEATHS UNSAFE ABORTIONS Every year, 356,000 women die from pregnancy-related complications. Universal access to family planning could save the Every year, an estimated 3.2 million newborns die from mostly preventable Every year, 20 million women have an unsafe abortion. Virtually all induced abortions follow from unintended pregnancies. Family conditions. Family planning could prevent lives of 1 in 4 women who die in childbirth. almost 1 in 5 newborn deaths. planning can help avert 70% of all abortions. The Solution $3.6B ANNUALLY Effective family planning programs empower women with knowledge about their contraceptive options, and help them access safe and affordable methods that TO FULLFILL FAMILY PLANNING NEEDS meet their needs. Additional benefits for society IMPROVED ECONOMIC GROWTH REDUCED REDUCED PRESSURE IMPROVED EDUCATION & IMPROVED STATUS HIV TRANSMISSSION ON NATURAL RESOURCES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN FOR WOMEN BILL&MELINDA GATES foundation SOURCES Alan Guttmacher Institute & IPPF. Facts on Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health. November 2010. Singh S. et al. Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health. New York: Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA, 2009. World Health Organization et al. Trends in maternal mortality 1990-2008. estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank. Geneva, WHO, 2010. Population Reference Bureau. DataFinder (

Family Planning Saves the Lives of Mothers & Infants

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One of the most cost-effective public health interventions is family planning, which can significantly improve the health of women and their families.


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