Access to contraceptives in Africa has not increased at the same pace as elsewhere in the world. Some African nations are investing in family planning services to reduce fertility rates, improve economic development and their population's health.
Category: Reproductive health
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President Trump has reinstated the Mexico City Policy which prohibits international NGOs from receiving US federal funds if they perform abortion-related services. Trump’s expansion of the policy extends these restrictions to encompass not just family planning aid, but all global health assistance from the United States.
In Tanzania, less than one in 10 (9%) sexually active youth who want to avoid pregnancy use modern contraceptives. Worryingly, 22.8% of young women between the ages of 15 and 19 are mothers, according to the latest available government data from the Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey 2010.