Contraception could save world economy almost $7b: UN report
LONDON (AFP) - The world economy would be boosted by billions of dollars if all women had access to contraception, the United Nations said on Wednesday in its annual State of World Population report.
The report said inadequate family planning in developing countries contributed significantly to poverty and ill health, and that US$5.7 billion (S$6.98 billion) could be saved by preventing unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.
"Family planning is not a privilege, but a right. Yet, too many women - and men - are denied this human right," said Mr Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
"Women who use contraception are generally healthier, better educated, more empowered in their households and communities and more economically productive," he added.