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1 Benefits of Meeting Women’s Contraceptive Needs in Burkina Faso Guttmacher Institute and l’Institut de Recherche des Sciences de la Santé December 2011

2 Context

3 Burkinabe women have more children than they desire Fertility rate by wealth quintile, 2003 Source: INSD and ORC Macro, Enquête Démographique et de Santé du Burkina Faso 2003, 2003

4 Many women who want to avoid pregnancy do not use modern contraceptives  About 4 in 10 Burkinabe women want to space or limit the number of children they have  However, nearly 2/3 of these women have an unmet need for modern contraception  About 1/3 of all pregnancies in Burkina Faso are unintended  32% of unintended pregnancies end in induced abortion  Another 54% of unintended pregnancies result in mistimed or unwanted births

5 In Burkina Faso pregnancy and childbirth carry significant health risks  1 in 28 women will die due to pregnancy related causes  About 30% of women give birth without any trained medical personnel  Only 1/5 of pregnant women receive adequate prenatal care  For every 1,000 live births, an estimated 80 infants die before their first birthday Source: WHO, Trends in Maternal Mortality, 2010 Maternal mortality ratio, 2008

6 Goals of the study  Provide policymakers, health care providers and other stakeholders an evidence base to inform better, more effective policies  Demonstrate the benefits of providing family planning services to all women who need them  Document the public health benefits and cost savings that result from scaling up these services

7 Methodological Approach

8 Main data sources  Burkina Faso censuses  Demographic Health Surveys  Ministry of Health  National Health Accounts  United Nations Population Fund  All figures are for 2009

9 We looked at four scenarios of modern contraceptive use  No modern contraceptive use  Current level and pattern of method use  Reducing unmeet need for modern contraception by 50%  Reducing unmeet need for modern contraception by 100%

10 Impact of Modern Contraceptive Use

11 Modern contraceptive use reduces abortion and unplanned childbearing Pregnancies per year (in 000s) Source: Guttmacher Institute, B enefits of meeting women’s contraceptive needs in Burkina Faso, 2011

12 Modern contraceptive use reduces unintended pregnancy and abortion Current use vs. no use Unintended pregnancy and induced abortion 35% 50% unmet need met vs. current use Unintended pregnancy and induced abortion 43% 100% unmet need met vs. current use Unintended pregnancy and induced abortion 85%

13 Modern contraceptive use decreases maternal mortality and maternal morbidity Current use vs. no use 50% unmet need met vs. current use 100% unmet need met vs. current use Maternal mortality 10%11%19% Maternal DALYs14%11%27%

14 Improving modern contraceptive use will require financial commitment Family planning cost (in millions US$), 2009 Source: Guttmacher Institute, B enefits of meeting women’s contraceptive needs in Burkina Faso, 2011

15 However, providing modern contraception greatly reduces reproductive health care costs Cost (in millions US$) Source: Guttmacher Institute, B enefits of meeting women’s contraceptive needs in Burkina Faso, 2011

16 Conclusions

17 Bottom line: Investing in family planning improves maternal health and is cost-effective Reduces costs of pregnancy care and generates significant savings that can be reinvested to help meet other MDGs and development goals $ Reduces maternal mortality and morbidity and improves the health and well-being of women and their families

18 Thank You This study was the result of a collaboration between the Guttmacher Institute and l’Institut de Recherche des Sciences de la Santé; it was made possible by a grant from the World Bank. For more information, visit


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