More than half of pregnancies in South America are unplanned and because of the lack of requests of contraceptives by the health centres, contraceptives become unavailable in many parts of these countries. 23 million women in Latin America and the Caribbean want to avoid pregnancy but need contraception. 222 million women around the world want access to modern contraception, and only 22% of the family planning funding need is being met worldwide. The majority of these women live in the poorest countries in the world and are far behind the wealthier nations where women are ensured the ability to use contraceptives of their choice. In many developing countries pregnancy is the leading cause for young women to drop out of school without an education.
Access to contraceptives would prevent unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, maternal deaths and infant deaths. Family planning enables people to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and leads women with the opportunity to get an education, which will create more job opportunities. The access to contraception can also help in make less spending on other development issues such as: education, health, water and sanitation- as the most growing populations are in urban areas in developing countries. And most important; it will help the economic growth in a country.
– Lydia Berhe