'Family planning must be a priority'

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Nov 14 2012, 07:17:37

Family planning a human right and sound economic investment as number of young people in developing countries surges

Access to family planning is a human right and a sound economic investment at a time when the number of young people in developing countries has reached an all-time high, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

The latest State of the World Population report makes the case for additional spending on family planning in poor countries, claiming it would save more than $11.3bn (£7.1bn) a year on maternal and newborn health. Despite the economic benefits of family planning, the report said donor and government support for sexual and reproductive health has been shrinking in past years, as nearly 2 billion people reach reproductive age.

The report says young people's needs remain largely neglected, with the consequence that the largest generation of young people in history is unable to fully exercise reproductive rights and prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the likelihood of dropping out of school or protect itself from sexually transmitted diseases.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

South Sudan:   Rival Leaders in Deal (news)
Sabahi
21 October 2014

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar said Monday (October 20th) they accepted mutual responsibility for a 10-month civil war in which thousands were killed, AFP reported. [read more]

Africa:   Hopes for Ebola Vaccine Soon (news)
Deutsche Welle
22 October 2014

The World Health Organization is pressing for a vaccine to combat the spread of Ebola, hoping to prepare two versions by January. On the ground in West Africa, Germany's Red Cross has made a desperate ... [read more]

Nigeria/South Africa:   Super Falcons Move to Final of African Women's Championship (news)
Vanguard
22 October 2014

Super Falcons reached the final of the African Women Championship by beating South Africa's Banyana Banyana 2-1 in a hard fought match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!