A UN report predicts that if $25 per woman was spent annually on sexual health services, there would be a dramatic decrease in the number of mother and infant deaths that take place each year. In turn, this would help create families that are healthier and more productive.
The report outlined out there is “a staggering lack of basic sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries.” This leads to a whopping 225 million women each year who don’t have access to proper contraceptives, and it’s because of this that many of them who are trying to avoid pregnancy do in fact become pregnant.
The report also stated that there are tens of millions of women who don’t have access to basic pregnancy care both during and after pregnancy. This means neither the women nor their babies are receiving the health care they need to ensure a safe and healthy delivery.
There is good news, though, and it comes from the UNFPA’s executive director, Babatunde Osotimehin, who says” “We know what to do and we know how to do it…These investments save lives, empower women and girls, strengthen health systems and have a profound and lasting impact on development.”
For only $25 a woman per year for those who are between the ages of 15 to 49, the pertinent sexual health services that are needed to provide basic sexual health care to women in developing countries could be offered. This amount is about twice as much as what is currently being spent. The services that could be provided through the new spending would include contraceptive advice and services, pregnancy and newborn care, HIV testing, and distribution and administration of medicines
It is believed that unintended pregnancies could be cut by 70 percent if $25 a year was spent on sexual health services for women in developing countries. And unsafe abortions could be reduced by as much as 74 percent; this alone could almost completely eliminate mother-to-baby HIV transmission.
Although the report itself is covered in numbers that can be hard to understand, at the heart of the report are the people who the funds can help. This “includes adolescent girls, married or not, who know that pregnancy right now will mean the end of their schooling and, very likely, the end of their dreams for a better life. And women who have already four, five or six children and know that they cannot afford to bear and raise another one.”