Over 2 million Unintended Pregnancies & 735,000 Unsafe Abortions Prevented Since July 2017
KIGALI, Rwanda, 12 November 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- A groundbreaking international report released today shows over 1.7 million additional users of modern contraception in Nigeria since 2012, as the government works to expand family planning services. The report shows modern methods of contraception have prevented over 2 million unintended pregnancies and 735,000 unsafe abortions between July 2017 and July 2018.
- Domestic government spending on family planning of $8.5 million (2016) – compared to $19 million in Kenya and $8.1 million in Burkina Faso – see page 23 of report at above link.
- In Nigeria, among women aged 15-49, an estimated 13.8% or 6.2 million are using a modern method of contraception in 2018. This is 1,713,000 more than in 2012.
- The rate of modern contraceptive use among married women has increased to 12.2%.
- As a result of modern contraceptive use between July 2017 and July 2018:
- However, 24.8% of married women aged 15-49 have an unmet need for a modern method of contraception.
- The number of women and girls using a modern method of contraception in the world’s 69 poorest countries had grown to more than 317 million, as of July 2018.
- This is 46 million more users than in 2012 (the year FP2020 was launched) – an increase that is around 30% greater than the historic trend.
- The use of modern contraceptives is growing the fastest in FP2020 countries in Africa: as of July 2018, 24% of women of reproductive age in these countries are using a modern method.
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