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20/03/2014 Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services

Author: Millennia2015

Source: World Health Organization

 

 

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Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services

World Health Organization

 

“Ensuring availability and accessibility to the information and services they need is crucial, not only to protect their rights, but also their health,” said Dr. Flavia Bustreo, WHO's Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, and Children's Health.

 

“These unintended pregnancies can pose a major threat to their own and their children's health and lives,” she insisted.

It is estimated that 222 million girls and women who do not want to get pregnant or who want to delay their next pregnancy are not using any method of contraception. The WHO stresses in a news release that access to contraception information and services will allow better planning for families and improved health. 

 

In low- and middle-income countries, complications of pregnancy and childbirth are among the leading cause of death in young women aged 15-19 years. Stillbirths and death in the first week of life are 50 per cent higher among babies born to mothers younger than 20 years than among babies born to mothers 20–29 years old. 

 

The populations most vulnerable to this lack of access to contraception services are young, poor, and live in rural areas and urban slums. Efforts have been made to address this need since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, where a commitment was made to allow family planning services to reach at least 120 million people more by the year 2020.

 

 

=> Direct link to the 36-page report here: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/102539/1/9789241506748_eng.pdf

 

 

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