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HealthSociety USA30. July 2020

How Poor Countries Could Save Billions by Preventing Unwanted Pregnancies

Research scientists say that ensuring contraception is available to all women in low-income and middle-income countries could help prevent unwanted pregnancies – and save sixteen billion dollars a year in maternal and newborn care.

According to the report, countries would ultimately save around $3 dollars in healthcare costs for every dollar spent on making contraception widely available, including counseling on different methods and follow-up services.

“What we’ve shown is that it’s affordable to put sexual and reproductive health as a part of a universal health coverage program,” says Elizabeth Sully, senior research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute in USA.

Currently, 49% of pregnancies, making up 111 million women, in low-income and middle-income countries are unintended each year due to a lack of access, awareness or affordability of contraception. The possible benefits of improving this access “are well within reach and the costs of inaction far too high”, explains Sully.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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