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Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014 Presented by Susheela Singh Guttmacher Institute December 4, 2014.

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1 Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014 Presented by Susheela Singh Guttmacher Institute December 4, 2014

2 Guttmacher.org # AddingItUp

3 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Data Sources Surveys of women Data from key international health and demographic organizations Results from clinical trials and analyses of the effect of health care interventions

4 Key Findings on Women’s Need for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

5 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Investing in sexual and reproductive health care saves lives and is cost-effective Substantial progress has been made in the past decade However, large gaps still remain, especially among the poorest women and in the poorest countries Enormous benefits would result from investing in sexual and reproductive health services

6 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Modern contraceptive use grew substantially between 2003 and 2014, but unmet need did not decline No. of women wanting to avoid pregnancy (millions) (71%) (73%)(74%)

7 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Pregnancy-related care increased, 2008–2014, but millions of women still lack essential services No. of women giving birth (millions) Facility delivery4+ antenatal care visits (51%)(57%)(55%)(66%)

8 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp % of women wanting to avoid pregnancy who have an unmet need, Levels of unmet need for modern contraception are highest among the poorest women Wealth quintile: *Excludes Eastern Asia and Oceania

9 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Across developing regions, delivery in a health facility is lowest among the poorest women % of women giving birth who deliver in a facility, 2014 *Excludes Eastern Asia and Oceania

10 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp In developing regions, the majority of reproductive-age women want to avoid pregnancy but many of them are not using modern contraceptives 1,556 million women of reproductive age, 2014 Want to stop childbearing Want to postpone next birth at least two years Not sexually active, want child, pregnant or infecund 877 million women who want to avoid pregnancy, 2014 Not using modern contraceptives Using modern contraceptives

11 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp The 26% of women who want to avoid pregnancy and are not using modern contraceptives account for 81% of unintended pregnancies 877 million women wanting to avoid pregnancy 74 million unintended pregnancies

12 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Millions of women and newborns don’t receive essential pregnancy and delivery care

13 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp In developing regions, an estimated eight in 10 women with a curable STI received no medical care 204 million women with a curable STI, 2014

14 Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Is Cost-Effective

15 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Providing women the modern contraceptive services they need yields cost savings 2014 U.S. dollars (in billions) $40.0 $37.5 $18.4

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17 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp 21 million fewer unplanned births If all 225 million women with unmet need used modern methods, each year there would be: 52 million fewer unintended pregnancies 24 million fewer abortions (15 million of which would be unsafe) 6 million fewer miscarriages 600,000 fewer stillbirths

18 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Fulfilling unmet need for modern contraception and maternal health care saves women’s lives No. of maternal deaths (in 000s), 2014 Current levels of care Expanded contraceptive care only Expanded maternal care only Expanded contraceptive and maternal care

19 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Providing medicine to HIV-infected pregnant women prevents mother-to-child transmission Infant infections (000s) due to mother-to-child transmission %

20 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Providing sexual and reproductive health services for all women and newborns would cost $39.2 billion each year $39.2 billion total Maternal and newborn care (live births) Modern contraceptive care Care for women with miscarriages and stillbirths Abortion-related care HIV-related care for pregnant women and newborns Care for women with other STIs

21 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Providing sexual and reproductive health services for all women: a smart investment Providing women the care they need would cost just $25 per woman per year

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23 Investing in sexual and reproductive health care is a “best buy” #AddingItUp Guttmacher.org

24 We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of UK aid, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNFPA Findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of these donors.

25 Guttmacher.org #AddingItUp Connect with Guttmacher For more information, visit


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