The report also reveals the tragic consequences of the global unmet need for contraception, reminding us that this is a life and death issue.
Approximately 300,000 young women die from pregnancy-related complications every year – one every two minutes.
Yet more than 200 million women in developing countries who want to avoid getting pregnant have no access to contraception.
Speaking at the launch event, the Secretary of State, Andrew Mitchell, said:
This important report, which comes just two weeks before The London Summit on Family Planning, is a valuable piece of research that clearly demonstrates the benefits of contraception and why we are working to provide access to family planning for an additional 120 million of the world’s poorest women who want it.
Our CEO, Dana Hovig, added:
Contraceptives should not be, and need not be, a luxury. They are life-saving, transformational, cost-effective and deliver big savings in healthcare costs.
In short, contraceptives are one of the best investments a country can make for itself and its citizens. Here in the UK, over 80% of women use contraception, but if you look to somewhere like sub-Saharan Africa, only 20% of women can access it.
This is a pivotal year for women’s reproductive health choices and rights and, as one of the world’s leading providers of sexual and reproductive healthcare, Marie Stopes International looks forward to contributing and helping ensure all women have access to contraception, regardless of where they live.
Visit our Impact section to view a digital version of the Global Impact Report with video commentary.
Andrew Mitchell affirms commitment "to providing family planning to women who want it" at launch of our Impact Report ow.ly/i/IYVi— Marie Stopes (MSI) (@MarieStopes) June 26, 2012
Family planning saves lives - our Global Impact Report 2011, published today, shows that contraceptives should not be a luxury #FPSummit— Marie Stopes (MSI) (@MarieStopes) June 26, 2012