An estimated 225 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy, and have an unmet need for effective, modern contraceptives.
Despite progress, in 2015, 303,000 women died from pregnancy and childbirth, including from unsafe abortions. Most of these deaths were preventable, and 99% occurred in developing countries.
Enabling women, youth, and couples to prevent unintended and high-risk pregnancies through increased use of contraception, will decrease child and maternal deaths by an estimated 25% and 30%, respectively.
For the 1.8 billion adolescents and youth worldwide, the largest generation ever, access to reproductive health services, including comprehensive sex education and contraception, is critical to ensure they have the tools to remain healthy, continue their education, and develop skills to build more peaceful and prosperous communities.
Investments in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) are essential to advancing gender equity and achieving U.S. global health goals, including ending preventable child and maternal deaths and achieving an AIDS-free generation.