Afghanistan: Few rural women use family planning services

January 20, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Family planning services are available in over 90 percent of health facilities across Afghanistan but the number of women using them in rural areas is too low, according to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).

Hamida Ebadi, director of MoPH’s reproductive health unit, reckoned only 14-15 percent of women in rural and remote regions use family planning services.

“The number of women using these services in urban areas is higher than in rural areas but we don’t have formal statistics to show the disparity,” Ebadi told IRIN in Kabul.

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