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Family Planning Essential For Meeting World Population’s Needs

“I’d like to pose the question: what more must we do to ensure the health, nutritional, and educational needs of all seven billion are met?” Scott Radloff, director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes about World Population Day on the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” He continues, “One place to start is by meeting the reproductive health needs of the more than 215 million women in the world who would like to postpone or stop having children but are not using modern contraception. Investing in family planning translates to lower maternal and child mortality, reduced need for abortion, and it improves women’s opportunities and family well-being” (7/11).

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