Reproductive Health

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Reproductive health problems are a leading cause of death for women of childbearing age worldwide. Far too many women still have little or no access to reproductive health services, such as family planning, maternal health care and HIV prevention services. Every year, 287,000 women die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, nearly all of them in the developing world. And more than 222 million women want to avoid pregnancy but are not using modern contraception.

USAID advances sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights across the globe. Our programs that address reproductive health include:

Women and girls everywhere should achieve the freedom to decide for themselves on matters of their own sexuality. They should also have access to health services, so they may enjoy strong, healthy families and live in thriving communities and nations.

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Last updated: May 14, 2014

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