• Globally, every two minutes a woman dies from complications during pregnancy or childbirth.
• Nearly all of the annual 287,000 maternal deaths worldwide occur in the developing world.
• Annually 4 million infants die within a month of being born. When a mother dies, it dramatically increases the risk of death for her baby.
• Women account for nearly half of all people living with HIV and are disproportionately affected by new infections. This could be reduced if women and men had access to contraception.
• When a woman delays pregnancy at least two years after the birth of her previous child, she is much more likely to have a healthy pregnancy and birth.
• Healthy mothers have healthy babies. Spacing children lowers the risk of infant mortality.
• Worldwide there are 225 million women who would like to avoid pregnancy but lack a family planning method.
• As a result, there are 80 million unintended pregnancies each year. More than half result in abortion, many of them under illegal and unsafe conditions.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. USAID is committed to ensuring that women and couples in developing countries have access to voluntary family planning services and are free to make informed decisions about their reproductive lives.
The Guttmacher Institute continues to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development.
Impatient Optimists Blog (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
The goal of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is to ensure that women and girls in developing countries have access to quality family planning information, services, and supplies. This blog highlights stories about family planning and other global health issues.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. This website highlights research and news related to family planning.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNFPA is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly. It plays a unique role within the United Nations system: to address population and development issues, with an emphasis on reproductive health and gender equality, within the context of the ICPD Programme of Action and the Millennium Development Goals.