Contraception use growing fastest in Africa

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A groundbreaking new report on family planning in the world’s 69 lowest-income countries released today shows use of contraception is growing fastest in Africa, with 24% of women of reproductive age now using modern methods. Across the 69 countries studied globally, more women and girls than ever before are making the voluntary choice to use contraception in their everyday lives.
More importantly, country governments are prioritizing family planning programs as an essential part of their development strategies.
The report, entitled FP2020: Catalyzing Collaboration, has been produced by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) – a leading global partnership that supports the rights of woman and girls to decide – freely and for themselves – whether, when, and how many children they want to have.
Across African countries studied in the report, unmet need for modern contraception among married women of reproductive age decreased since 2012 across the board.
“Women represent half of the world population, and there can be no healthy population globally or in Africa without reproductive health care. As we continue to build the framework for Universal Health Coverage, we must ensure access to full, free and voluntary contraception is included for all women and girls,” said Executive Director of Family Planning 2020, Beth Schlachter.