Wednesday, October 10, 2012
FPI's Director and Research and Project Analyst recently presented to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the findings of FPI's latest research, in partnership with Burnet Institute, on the costs and benefits of investing in family planning in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
The preliminary results are startling: by 2025 more than 50% of unintended pregnancies and induced abortions could be averted, around 20% of maternal deaths and 30% of infant deaths could be prevented and $150 million in public health and education expenditure could be saved over the next 15 years if all family planning needs were met in these countries.
The findings highlight how investing in family planning not only benefits the health of women and children, but has wider social, economic and environmental benefits for communities.
The full report with further findings will be released in late 2012.