Expanding Contraceptive Use to Save Lives, Cut Health Costs

The first national estimate of the direct cost of treating post abortion complications in Ethiopia shows the country spent US$7.6 million on care in 2008. Experts estimate that about 1.7 million unintended pregnancies occur every year in Ethiopia.


  • Spotlight on Family Planning

    Publication Date:
    11 July 2012

    AllAfrica continues to examine the high death rate of African women during pregnancy and childbirth. Policy makers and health advocates told us why ... see more »

A woman in labor and hours from a hospital must give birth in her home in a small Ethiopian village. A skilled birth attendant arrives to help her deliver a healthy baby girl.

  • South Africa:   Clinic Shows How to Cut Maternal Deaths

    allAfrica, 6 July 2012

    In a country where deaths from pregnancy and childbirth have been rising - more than four-fold in a decade, according to reports - not a single maternal death was recorded at a… Read more »

  • Mali:   Making Mothers Matter

    allAfrica, 14 June 2012

    It's a typical weekday morning at the Luxembourg Mother-Child hospital in the capital, Bamako. Around 20 patients are there for appointments - shy teenagers sit alongside more… Read more »

  • Africa:   Continent Fails Her Newborn Children

    allAfrica, 12 June 2012

    Despite a significant reduction in child deaths around the globe, a new report released today shows that the health of newborn babies has been largely overlooked. Read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:   Where Giving Birth Is Deadly

    allAfrica, 8 May 2012

    Her limbs flaccid, her eyes wide with fear and pain, Théthé's cries seem oddly detached from her body, as if part of her isn't lying on a brown vinyl mattress, slick… Read more »


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