Although family planning is one of the most cost-effective, high-yield interventions to improve health and to accelerate development, West Africa is lagging behind all other regions in family planning use. With an average of 5.5 children per woman, the region has one of the highest fertility rates and fastest growing populations in the world. High fertility results in many unplanned pregnancies that pose serious health risks for mothers and children. In francophone West Africa, approximately three women die from maternal causes every hour, and one child under age 5 dies every minute. By reducing unplanned pregnancies and enabling healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, contraception could save the lives of thousands of mothers, infants, and children each year.
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