Over 220 million women don't have access to contraceptivesListen /
More than 220 million women and girls around the world who don't want to get pregnant don't have access to contraception, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO has launched a new guidance to help countries ensure that girls and women are provided with information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
It says that adolescents should be able to seek contraceptive services without having to obtain permission from parents or guardians.
Dr. Marleen Temmerman is Director of WHO's Department of Reproductive Health and Research.
"At least 222 million women who want to use contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies, they don't have access to contraceptives. So they would like to avoid a pregnancy, girls and women, but they just don't have access. So that figure is so huge. So why is it important? It is important for women's health because women should have the right to decide how many children they want, when they want to have children, how they can space their children." (29")
The UN health agency says that every two minutes a woman dies as a result of complications in pregnancy.
The guidance has been issued in advance of the International Women's Day observed on 8 March.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.