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Speed up access to contraceptives to save lives, say researchers

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 10 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4700
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Increasing access to contraception would save the lives of women and children in the developing world, say researchers who have presented a series of papers highlighting the benefits of family planning.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the series in the Lancet (, researchers said that broadening access to contraception would prevent a third of all maternal deaths and improve child health by widening the interval between successive pregnancies.

The series was launched a day before the international summit on family planning hosted by the UK Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to refocus on the contraceptive needs of …

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