Apr 15, 2012

Unmet Need for Family Planning Causing Massive Population Growth in Nigeria


In a recently published article in the New York Times, Elizabeth Rosenthal highlighted the rapid increase in population in Nigeria and most of Sub-Saharan Africa. Even though fertility rates have decreased in Latin America and Asia, rates remain stubbornly high in Sub-Saharan Africa. Life for Mothers holistic strategy to decrease maternal/neonatal mortality and strengthen health systems recognizes that family planning is an integeral component to acheive any meaningful impact. The consequences of not addressing the unmet needs of women of reproductive age (birth spacing and limiting births through long acting/permanent methods) will exacerbate the cycle of poverty, poor health and lack of women's empowerment. To read the article click her:

Did you know?

The risk of a woman dying in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 22, as compared to 1 in 7300 in developed regions.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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