In the past year, 124,000 maternal deaths were averted
Family planning report shows progress in the poorest countries
Approximately 124,000 maternal deaths, 25-million unsafe abortions and 82-million unintended pregnancies were avoided between July 2015 and July 2016, according to an international report released today by the Washington-based Family Planning 2020 global movement.
“[Now] more than 300-million women and girls [are] using modern contraception in the world’s 69 poorest countries — a milestone that has taken decades to achieve,” states the report. “When women are able to decide for themselves whether and when to have children, everyone benefits. The power to plan one’s own family lies at the very root of human freedom, and of our ability to thrive, prosper and build a sustainable future.”
According to the report, progress on family planning is critical to meeting The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5, which call for universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality, and to speeding up progress in every aspect of development.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.