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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
View the documentInformed choice is a key element of high quality services
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Research results and experience worldwide provide clear evidence that family planning benefits the health of women and children. This booklet summarizes key findings about the health benefits of family planning and explains how offering a choice of contraceptive methods benefits both clients and programmes. It is intended for policy makers, programme managers, community leaders, teachers, health providers and others who need concise, up-to-date information about how family planning is beneficial and why it should be supported with adequate human and financial resources at all levels.

Family planning saves lives of women and children and improves the quality of life for all. It is one of the best investments that can be made to help ensure the health and well-being of women, children, and communities. Yet it is estimated that some 120 million women who do not wish to become pregnant are not currently using contraception (see Figure 1). By providing all women and men of reproductive age with a choice of contraceptive methods and counselling about how to use those methods safely and effectively, programmes can have a significant impact on the lives of their clients.