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“Poorest of the poor” cannot access contraceptive services, report finds

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4339
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Progress in ensuring that women in poor countries have access to modern methods of contraception has stalled, says a new report.

A study by the United Nations Population Fund and the Guttmacher Institute, a US organisation that carries out research on reproductive and sexual health, found that this year 645 million women of reproductive age (15 to 49 years) are using modern methods of contraception in the developing world, 42 million more than in 2008. But this rise is less than half the increase of 100 million between 2003 and 2008.1

Half of the rise between 2008 and 2012 is the result of an increase in the population, rather than in the number of women using contraception, says …

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