How Increased Access to Family Planning Can Help Haiti
During the 1970s and 1980s, a successful family planning program with strong private and public sector support helped contribute to a decline in Haiti’s fertility rate. Since then, Haiti has fallen behind other countries in sexual and reproductive health services. Now, more than three-in-ten sexually active women are not using any contraception despite the fact that they do not want any more children, or want to delay the next child.
New research released today studies the benefits and costs of investing in family planning programs. Besides reducing fertility and maternal and child mortality, this is likely to result in higher levels of female education, improvements in women’s general health, increases in female labor force participation and earnings, and increased child health.