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Widespread family planning can save US$11.3bn yearly - UNFPA

A planned African familyA planned African family (Photo: www.unmultimedia.org)
November 16, 2012

The cost of maternal and newborn health care will drop by US$11.3 billion a year, through widespread voluntary family planning in developing countries, says a new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

The State of the World Population 2012 released Thursday said access to family planning is an essential human right that can trigger unprecedented economic development.

According to the report, some 222 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning, with an additional US$4.1 billion dollars needed to address current needs of the growing youth population.

The report paints a brighter picture for Asia as opposed to Africa, with the Asian continent said to have experienced increased productivity and economic development because of improved access to family planning.

Dr. Laurent Assogba is Technical Specialist on population and development at the UNFPA West Africa regional office.

To get more insight into the report and details of the situation in the West Africa region, WADR’s Frank Sainworla is hosting Dr. Assogba as Newslink Guest.

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