Poor countries could save billions by providing women with contraceptives

 Contraception

FILE: One in every 4 of women do not know about, can't afford or have no access to modern contraception.

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JOHANNESBURG - Poorer countries could save billions by simply making female contraception more widely available, according to new research by the Guttmacher Institute.

About 920 million women don't want to fall pregnant.

However, one in every four of them do not know about, can't afford or have no access to modern contraception.

READ: Contraceptive shortages affecting provinces across SA

The study shows that reducing unintended pregnancies could save about $16-billion a year in low and middle-income countries.

The issue is taking on a new urgency as the coronavirus pandemic diverts resources away from sexual and reproductive health care.

The United Nations estimates the pandemic could cause an additional 7 million unwanted pregnancies this year.

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