Over 220 million women in developing countries need family planning

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The need for family planning in developing countries is the focus of this year's World Population Report of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

According to Richard Kollodge, the Editor of the report launched on Wednesday, there are many barriers to accessing family planning, not only in developing countries, but throughout the world.

Mr. Kollodge says that new statistics that came out earlier this year show that 222 million women in developing countries would like to use family planning but have no access to it.

"So that's one of the reasons why UNFPA has focused on family planning for this year's report. Another big reason is that the international community, in this case led by UNFPA, the government of the United Kingdom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation organized a family planning summit in July that mobilized an unprecedented $2.6 billion to make family planning available to an additional 120 million women in developing countries by the year 2020." (Duration: 29″)

Mr. Kollodge says the report adds to the whole discussion this year about the need for family planning, its benefits and what has to be done to make it available to all those who want it.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’24″

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