September 26 observed as World Contraceptive Day
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says access to quality contraceptive services and information should be treated as a human right. Making the call on the occasion of the World Contraceptive Day, the organisation said this would help individuals access the healthcare they need.
The World Contraceptive Day is held every September 26 since it was launched in 2007 to improve awareness of contraceptives and enable young people make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. In commemoration of this year’s event, WHO said in a statement that designing and delivering contraceptive information and services as a human right would help individuals receive health care that meet their needs.
It is currently estimated that some 214 million women have an unmet need for modern contraception. This need is greatest among the most vulnerable and where the risks of maternal mortality are correspondingly highest. The health body however expressed delight that provision of contraceptive services and programmes is growing.