Funding for international family planning and reproductive health is a proven and cost-effective way to meet a broad range of international development goals. Increased access to contraception for women in developing countries is critical to improving maternal and newborn health, preventing HIV/ AIDS, and reducing unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion. Family planning programs yield improvements in other key development areas such as education, water and sanitation.
INVEST IN FAMILY PLANNING, SAVE IN DEVELOPMENT COSTS
Analysis by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) shows that family planning investments save money in other development areas including education, immunization, water and sanitation, maternal health, and malaria. Data from
seven countries across three continents shows that for every dollar invested in FP/RH, there is significant savings across sectors. Every dollar invested in family planning has shown savings in other development areas ranging from $2 in Ethiopia to more
than $6 in Guatemala and Bangladesh, and up to $9 in Bolivia.
INVESTING IN FAMILY PLANNING SAVES LIVES AND MONEY
Investing in family planning and reproductive health is also a cost-effective way to improve maternal and newborn health. Analysis from the Guttmacher Institute demonstrates that fully funding maternal and newborn health and meeting unmet need for family
planning would result in a net savings of $1.5 billion, as compared to investing in maternal and newborn health alone. In other words, investments in family planning services reduce the overall costs of maternal and newborn healthcare, and save more lives.