The Problem

  • Unintended Pregnancies
    214 million girls and women in developing regions want to avoid or delay pregnancy, but are not using modern forms of contraception. This means more unintended pregnancies and more abortions, many of which are unsafe. Of the estimated 206 million pregnancies in developing regions in 2017, 43% were unintended.
  • Unsafe Abortion
    An estimated 22 million unsafe abortions are performed each year, mostly in developing countries. Each year, approximately 47,000 women die due to unsafe abortion and around 6.9 million women in developing regions seek medical care for complications from unsafe abortion.
  • Maternal Death
    Around the world, 300,000 girls and women die every year – that’s 800 every day – from pregnancy-related causes. Most of these complications are preventable or treatable. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19.
  • Child Marriage & Early Pregnancy
    One-third of girls in the developing world are married before 18, and one-fifth become pregnant before 18. Every year, more than 15 million girls under age 19 give birth. That means every day, 41,000 girls become mothers. An estimated 23 million girls aged 15-19 living in developing regions are sexually active and want to delay pregnancy, but are not using modern contraceptives.
  • Educational and Economic Risks
    When women cannot plan their pregnancies, they are more likely to drop out of school and earn a lower income. This has a ripple effect on their families, communities, and countries.
  • Health Risks
    Sexual and reproductive health is closely linked with infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Most HIV infections are sexually transmitted or associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

The Solution

  • Save Lives
    Fulfilling the unmet need for family planning and providing quality maternal and newborn care would reduce maternal deaths by 73% and newborn deaths by 80%.
  • Improve Education & Economic Opportunities
    Girls and women who can plan their families are better able to pursue their education and become economically empowered, lifting themselves and their families out of poverty. Each additional year of education improves a girl’s employment prospects, increasing her future income potential by 10–20%.
  • Realize a Return on Investment
    Family planning is also a great investment. Every $1 invested in family planning saves between $4 and $31 across other sectors, including education, food, health, housing and sanitation.
  • Improve Environmental Sustainability
    Empowering women to have the number of children they desire can improve environmental sustainability by allowing women to better manage natural resources such as firewood, water, and homegrown food for their families.
  • Slow CO2 Emissions
    Lowering the rate of unintended pregnancy through access to voluntary family planning leads to slower population growth, which could provide 16–29% of the emissions reductions suggested as necessary by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate disruptions.
  • Reduce Healthcare Costs
    If all women wanting to avoid a pregnancy used modern contraception, the resulting decline in unintended pregnancies would greatly reduce the cost of providing the recommended standard of care by $7.8 billion to $2.7 billion.
  • Sustain Peace & Security
    When healthy, empowered women have a voice at the table in decisions about war and peace, peace agreements are 20% more likely to last at least two years and 35% more likely to last 15 years.
  • Bolster International Economy
    If women participated in the economy at the same level as men, $28 trillion — or 26% — could be added to the global annual GDP by 2025. That’s the annual GDP of the U.S. and China combined. No country in the last 50 years has emerged from poverty without expanding access to contraceptives.
  • Inform & Empower
    62% of comprehensive sexuality education programs had a positive effect on at least one behavioral or biological outcome, such as increased condom use or reduced unplanned pregnancies.