The Forces Preventing Unrestricted Access to Contraception

October 5, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Last month, Stembile Mugore visited a hospital in Togo, where she met a 24-year-old woman who had just given birth to her fifth child. Mugore is an advisor to Evidence to Action, USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning, and she had come to Togo to follow up with a group of midwives who had been trained by USAID. The new mother’s labor had been difficult, and she did not want to become pregnant again in the near future. But she also had no idea how to prevent it from happening.
“She didn’t know anything about family planning,” Mugore recalled. “She’d never heard [of it]. She’d had these babies very closely spaced.” After discussing her options with a hospital midwife, the woman decided to receive an implant – a small, rod-shaped form of birth control that is inserted into the arm, and that lasts for up to three years.

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