Benefits of Meeting the Contraceptive Needs of Malawian Women

by Michael, Maxton Tsoka, Jared Rosenberg et al.
In Brief No. 2, Guttmacher Institute, 2014

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The ability to practice contraception is vital to protect the health of Malawian women and to enable them to plan the size of their families and the timing of births. Rising levels of contraceptive use have led to a decrease in the level of unintended pregnancies in Malawi; however, much more can be done to reduce the burden of unintended pregnancy – a problem for which women and society pay dearly in lives, the well-being of families and needless expenditures. This brief describes current patterns of contraceptive use in Malawi and documents the high costs of persistent unmet need for modern contraception.

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