n South African Medical Journal - Is 'planning' missing from our family planning services? : scientific letters

Volume 100, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The role of family planning in achieving the Millennium Development Goals is well recognised. The benefits of family planning, in developing countries in particular, extend beyond decreasing fertility and include poverty reduction, improved health for both mother and child, the promotion of gender equality by increasing women's opportunities beyond reproductive and domestic activities, and environmental sustainability. In addition, prevention of undesired pregnancies among HIV-positive women by eliminating unmet need for contraception is a highly cost-effective means of preventing mother-to-child transmission.

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