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close this bookHealth Benefits of Family Planning (WHO, 1995, 38 p.)
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Open this folder and view contentsFamily planning saves lives and improves health
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Conclusion: Family planning benefits all

“Committing human and financial resources to improving family planning services will not only improve the health and well-being of women and children, but it will also support efforts to achieve a sustainable global population.”

By allowing women the freedom to control the number and spacing of their births, family planning helps women preserve their health and fertility and also contributes to improving the overall quality of their lives. Family planning also contributes to improving children’s health and ensuring that they have access to adequate food, clothing, housing, and educational opportunities. Family planning achieves these improvements in health and quality of life very cost-effectively compared with investments in most other health and social interventions. Committing human and financial resources to improving family planning services will not only improve the health and wellbeing of women and children, but it will also support efforts to achieve a sustainable global population.