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Drivers of Progress in Increasing Contraceptive Use in sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies from Eastern and Southern Africa
24 March 2013

Family Planning (FP) has immense health, environmental, and economic growth benefits. For instance, it is estimated that in 2008, family planning averted 32% of maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and that such deaths would decline by a further 29% if all women who want to avoid pregnancy use an effective contraceptive method (Ahmed et al. 2012). Family planning also helps save the lives of children; spacing births of children by at least two years would reduce deaths of infants by 10% and deaths of children aged 1-5 years by about 20% (Cleland et al. 2012).

Drivers of Progress in Increasing Contraceptive Use in sub-Saharan Africa: Case Studies from Eastern and Southern Africa

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