This year 85 million women and girls will be forced into pregnancy – because they are denied the contraceptive care they want and need.

Providing one year of contraceptive care would cost your government about $25 for each woman. Denying it will force women and girls into pregnancies they haven’t planned, don’t want and cannot afford. That leads to ill health and poverty. For 300,000 of them, it also means death.

And it’s the world’s poorest women who are most likely to be forced into pregnancy. They can’t say “I Decide”.

214 million women and girls around the world want access to contraception but can't get it.

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303,000 pregnant women will die in 2017. 88% of them will come from the world’s poorest countries.

1 in 4 women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa wants contraception but can't get it.

Poor women are five times more likely than richer women to have an unwanted pregnancy.
Women in the poorest countries who want to avoid pregnancy are one-third as likely to be using a modern method as those living in higher income developing countries.

Who are the women and girls left behind?

10 – 24 year olds

Living in hard to reach areas and displaced population

The poorest women in the world

Impacted by disability, gender-based violence or HIV status


Family planning empowers women with choice

In 2012, the UK Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation co-hosted the Family Planning Summit.
Their mission was to secure US$ 2.3 billion towards meeting the unmet need for contraception of 120 million women worldwide, by 2020.

In 2017 the US administration is blocking funding to vital healthcare services.
In response, governments around the world rallied together at the She Decides conference to raise €181million.

In 2016, Fiji was devastated by the highest grade cyclone to ever hit the island. One year on, IPPF revisited the worst affected families that were helped immediately after. With our local Member Association on the ground, the Reproductive & Family Health Association of Fiji, we delivered life-saving sexual and reproductive health services throughout this humanitarian crisis. Our key clients were women and girls, particularly young women, pregnant women and new mothers. In the onset of disaster, sexual violence escalates and maternal care becomes a key concern. IPPF invests in local health providers to empower individuals as agents of change within their own communities. IPPF’s humanitarian response in Fiji is part of the SPRINT Initiative. SPRINT ensures access to essential life-saving and reproductive health services in crisis and post-crisis situations, through funding from the Australian Government

Women experiencing violence are twice as likely to have a male partner refuse to use contraception and to report unintended pregnancy. They are also three times more likely to give birth during their adolescent years and have 5 or more births.

Sex workers are not provided with Family Planning

In Uganda, 42% of all pregnancies each year are unintended. The country's weak economy is exacerbated by high levels of gender inequality and poor access to jobs for women. Many women who turn to sex work are at risk of abuse and often rape. Abortion is heavily restricted in Uganda and clandestine safe services are very costly. This results in further poverty for many sex workers and sometimes unplanned pregnancies or even death from unsafe abortion.

IPPF is creating change and providing equitable access to contraception


  • Mobile clinics can deliver a wide range of contraceptives to women and girls in hardto-reach areas.
  • Community interventions can reach new and under-served populations.
  • Provide comprehensive sexuality education outside of the classroom.


  • Service delivery points maintain a sufficient method mix, or they make a wider range of methods available through an efficient referral mechanism.
  • Minimize stock outs of contraceptives to ensure women and girls have uninterrupted access to a comprehensive method mix


  • Improve quality of care.
  • Reduce social and cultural provider biases in family planning care.
  • Ensure that fees for family planning services and supplies are affordable.


  • Offer family planning services and information to women in the post-partum period through extended child immunization programmes and maternity services.
  • Provide family planning information and services in post-abortion care.
  • Integrate HIV services and services focused on family planning to improve the health of mothers and children living with HIV, and to support those who are vulnerable to HIV infection.

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