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Investments In Reproductive Health Will Save Lives

The following opinion pieces discuss the importance of investments in reproductive health.

Wall Street Journal: How Investing in Reproductive Health Could Pay Off
Pamela Barnes, president and chief executive officer of EngenderHealth

“Every day, 800 women and girls around the world die of pregnancy and childbirth complications. … Access to quality reproductive health care and family planning services are critical to preventing maternal mortality, and this is precisely where the need for increased investment comes into play. … Investing in access to reproductive health services unequivocally saves lives — and it’s an issue we can no longer afford to ignore” (9/19).

Huffington Post: Where Is the Family Planning?
Pamela Barnes, president and chief executive officer of EngenderHealth

“…[I]f all women who wanted family planning could get it, we could prevent millions of deaths every year. … A number of factors can limit a woman’s access to contraception, including: price, availability of supplies, cultural norms, and misinformation about side effects, to name just a few. Yet every day, we are making progress to overcome these challenges and expand access to contraception for women everywhere…” (9/19).

Devex: The future we want
Nana Taona Kuo, senior manager of Every Woman Every Child

“…Every Woman Every Child, with its strong accountability mechanism and focus on innovation, including financing, is a pathfinder for the next development agenda. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to make women’s and children’s health one of his top priorities, both because of its moral validity, but also because it is a smart investment…” (9/19).

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