Family planning saves lives and empowers women.

When women have access to family planning, they are more likely to survive childbirth, have healthier children, and go further in their education. (Read more.)

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Family planning saves lives and empowers women.

When women have access to family planning, they are more likely to survive childbirth, have healthier children, and go further in their education.

225 million women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy lack access to contraceptives and family planning information and services. Women encounter a variety of challenges in accessing contraception, including cultural restrictions, lack of appropriate supplies, financial barriers, misinformation, and inadequate health care systems.

If we were able to meet this need for contraceptives and family planning, we could prevent1:

  • 54 million unintended pregnancies
  • 79,000 maternal deaths
  • 1.1 million infant deaths

Family planning is a smart investment for women, their families, and their communities. Every dollar invested in family planning can save governments up to six dollars that can be spent on improving health, education, housing, and other public services.2

1 Guttmacher/UNFPA. Adding It Up: Costs and Benefits of Contraceptive Services, Estimates for 2012. June 2012.
2 Ibid.

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