Achieving a sustainable global population

Women’s Plans Foundations engages with government, political and community leaders and the broader community to help guide official policy, and to grow support for the policies and funding to deliver family planning programs. It does this through publications, collaborations and forums.

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‘Today, more than 222 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to family planning and contraceptives. All women and girls have the right, and must have the means, to plan their own lives, including when and whether to have children. By enabling individuals to choose the number and spacing of their children, family planning has dramatically changed how women can seek education, empowerment and economic activity.

Contraception save lives. By 2020, if an additional 120 million women who want contraceptives could have them, this would cumulatively result in more than 100 million fewer unintended pregnancies, 3 million fewer babies dying in their first year of life and 200,000 fewer women and girls dying in pregnancy and childbirth. This is a life and death crisis. Complications in pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death for women in developing countries. Contraceptives are cost-effective and deliver big savings in healthcare costs. Every dollar spent on family planning can result in savings of up to 6 dollars on health, housing, water, and other public services in Africa and up to 13 dollars in South Asia.’ www.pma2020.org