A new report has revealed that Africa accounts for almost half of the additional users of modern contraception.
According to the FP2020 report, about 16 million additional women and girls are using a modern method of contraception in Africa as compared to 2012.
Executive Director of FP2020, Beth Schlachter, said family planning was a basic right that should not be denied any woman.
“We believe that every woman and girl must be empowered to shape her own life. Family planning is both a basic right and a life-changing, transformational health service with the potential to accelerate progress across all our development goals.”
Schlachter, however, noted that shifting donor priorities, especially from the United States government, had created an uncertain environment for family planning and other health programmes in developing countries.
“For all of us who believe that rights-based family planning is fundamental to achieving a healthier, more prosperous, just and equitable world, these are uncertain times,” she added.
The report also revealed that injectables were the most common contraceptive method in use in 28 of the focus countries, followed by pills in 16 countries, condoms in nine countries, and IUDs in eight.
Source: The Punch News