215 million women who want to delay or avoid a pregnancy have no access to family planning. Every year there are 75 million unintended pregnancies.
Globally, meeting the unmet need for family planning could avoid around a third of maternal deaths and a fifth of newborn deaths, and save an estimated $5.1 billion dollars.
Britain is committed to driving down the numbers of women who die every year in pregnancy or childbirth. By 2015, UK aid will save the lives of 50,000 pregnant women and 250,000 newborn babies.
Family planning is integral to reducing the global fertility rate and the rapid growth of the world’s population.
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There are 215 million women around the world who would like to delay or avoid pregnancy but have no access to family planning. This is a major cause of rapid population growth - and poverty.
The British Government is working to improve access to contraception and family planning education for 10 million women in the developing world. This will prevent 5 million unintended pregnancies, save the lives of 50,000 women and avoid the deaths of 250,000 newborns by 2015.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.
We are working to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), international targets agreed by the United Nations (UN) to halve world poverty by 2015.
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