Family Planning for Women in Conflict Areas Seen as Crucial
James Butty – Voice of America – Friday, 13 July 2012 ( originally published 11 Jul)
Wednesday is World Population Day, and the United Nations Population Fund says reproductive health is crucial for development.
Dr. Dhammika Perera, senior technical advisor for global reproductive health programs at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), said his organization believes that giving women in conflict areas access to family planning is the key to reducing maternal mortality.
“Right now, the estimate this year is that 222 million women in developing countries need, but cannot get access to, modern contraceptive methods, and we firmly believe that, if they are going to expand family planning access with the aim to cut down maternal deaths or pregnancy-related deaths, the target should be giving these women access to these methods,” he said . . .
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