Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: NamedWork: Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health (Report)
Persons: Reviewee: Singh, Susheela; Darroch, Jacqueline; Ashford, Lori; Vlassoff, Michael
Accession Number: 236247784
Full Text: Susheela Singh, Jacqueline Darroch, Lori Ashford, Michael Vlassoff, 2009

This report builds on prior work to provide up-to-date estimates of the costs and benefits of family planning and maternal and newborn health services. The goal is to guide decision-makers at the global, regional and country levels in making investments that would reap the greatest returns for individuals and societies. Key findings are that maternal deaths in developing countries could be reduced by 70% and newborn deaths cut nearly in half if the world doubled investment in family planning and pregnancy-related care. Unintended pregnancies would decline by more than two-thirds and unsafe abortions and resulting complications by 75%. There would be many other societal benefits, including poverty reduction at the household level and increased economic development. Investments in family planning boost the overall effectiveness of every dollar spent on pregnancy-related and newborn health care. Simultaneously investing in both family planning and maternal and newborn health services can achieve the same dramatic outcomes for $1.5 billion less than investing in maternal and newborn health services alone.

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