290.6 Million Women Living in Poverty Now Using Contraception

A new study by a global family planning rights group revealed that 290.6 million women and girls living in poverty stricken nations are now using modern forms of contraception.

The program was launched in 2012 in 69 focus countries. It is estimated that the program’s efforts have prevented 80 million pregnancies, 28.6 million unsafe abortions, and 111,000 maternal deaths in just one year. Though these numbers seem impressive, the program didn’t reach its intended goal. The number of contraceptive users is 10 million fewer than what they had hoped for.

Here are some of the positive outcomes:

  1. In South Asia, the contraceptive usage went up 47 percent.
  2. In Eastern and Southern Africa, the usage went up 22 percent.
  3. Kenya showed some of the best progress. The contraceptive use amongst married women rose from 46 percent in 2009 to 58 percent in 2014.
  4. Zambia’s usage rose from 33 percent in 2012 to 45 percent.

Injectable contraceptives and an increase in budget contributes to a country’s family planning success. Family planning not only saves lives but it also contributes to healthier women, children, and communities.

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