Family Planning Changes Women's Lives

Investing in family planning could significantly reduce maternal and newborn health costs in the developing world, says UNFPA Director Babatunde Osotimehin in an interview with AllAfrica.

Jennifer Iwu (bottom right) is a volunteer and educates her community about family planning from her hair salon in Abuja.

  • Sudan:  Contraceptives Give Women the Right to Choose

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 14 November 2012

    Cut off from development by five decades of civil war, South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world and high levels of infant mortality and morbidity. Large ... read more »

  • Uganda:  No Contraceptives Means More Illegal Abortions in Uganda

    Inter Press Service, 14 November 2012

    Every day at least five women are brought to the gynaecological ward of Uganda's Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala for treatment for complications caused by crude ... read more »

  • Swaziland:  Illegal Abortions Endangering Lives

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 14 November 2012

    Abortions are illegal in Swaziland and have resulted in criminal convictions, but in October 2012 more than 1,000 women were treated for abortion-related complications at a single ... read more »

  • Africa:  Boosting Access to Family Planning Is Good for Women and the Economy - UN Report

    UN News Service, 14 November 2012

    A new United Nations report urges additional investments in family planning that could save developing countries more than $11 billion a year in maternal and newborn health care ... read more »

  • Africa:  Additional Investments in Family Planning Would Save Developing Countries More Than $11 Billion a Year

    United Nations Population Fund, 14 November 2012

    Access to family planning is an essential human right that unlocks unprecedented rewards for economic development, says new UNFPA report read more »