HIFA Blog: Month in review, September 2017 – Family Planning

Quote of the month: “If a woman becomes pregnant while wearing an Intra-Uterine Device, this device can enter the baby’s body, even in his brain.” (A misconception about the dangers of using IUDs, reported by Andre Shongo, HIFA Member and Country Representative, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

A woman’s right to health also means a right to contraception. Yet there is a huge unmet need for family planning and contraception (FP/C) across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and Latin America. In July 2017, the UNFPA reported that some 214 million women worldwide who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods. Of the estimated 206 million pregnancies in 2017 in developing regions, 43% are unintended (Guttmacher Institute). One of the contributory factors is “lack of access to information and/or services”…..more

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