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Author(s): Cynthia Green
Primary Language: French
“Population, Development, and Family Planning: The Urgency to Act” highlights the health benefits and cost savings associated with meeting all unmet need for family planning in nine francophone West African countries by 2030. If governments invested in meeting family planning needs, an estimated 500,000 infant deaths and 7,400 maternal deaths could be averted over the next decade. Similarly, if the nine governments invested US$84 million in family planning services over the next decade, they would save $195 million needed for programs to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2020. In other words, for every dollar invested in family planning programs, governments could save US$2.30 in reduced expenditures for maternal health, malaria, immunization, education and water and sanitation programs.
Dr. Johanna Austin Lucinda Benjamin, Director of Primary Health Care and Disease Control of the West African Health Organization, presented these findings at the West Africa regional conference on Population, Development and Family Planning, held in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, on February 8–11, 2011.