Septem­ber 26 ob­served as World Con­tra­cep­tive Day

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Who News -

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.

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