By Amy Phillips Bursch, Media Relations Manager
The Guttmacher Institute – guru of all things reproductive health – has a new report out on the demand for contraception in the developing world – and the news isn’t all that peachy. Here are the numbers you need to know:
222 Million: The number of women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but aren’t using modern contraception. That's not good.
56: The percentage of married women in Southeast Asia using modern contraception.
Less than 10: The percentage of married women in Western Africa using modern contraception. Yikes.
4 billion: The amount in dollars spent per year to provide the current level of contraceptive care in the developing world.
8.1 billion: The amount in dollars per year it would take to fully meet the need for contraception in the developing world.
11.3 billion: The amount in dollars per year an $8.1 billion annual investment in contraception would save. Family planning saves money, folks!
21 million: The number of unplanned births that would be avoided.
26 million: The number of abortions that would be avoided – including 16 million unsafe procedures.
79,000: The number of women whose lives would be saved.
Would doubling our investment in family planning funding be worth it? My sources say yes!