A Marie Stopes nurse explains to mother-of-three Kadidja Toudjani how a contraceptive implant works in the village of Libore, Niger on November 2, 2017. (REUTERS/TIM COCKS)
November 13, 2018
In some African countries, reproductive health organisations say they are improving maternal health and empowering women to have greater freedom in their lives to decide when they bear children. But critics say family planning programmes, which are often funded by foreign philanthropy groups, are pushing a Western agenda and promote ideas that might be at odds with local culture. One UN-sponsored initiative, Family Planning, has a target of getting 120 million women and girls – particularly from Africa – to use contraceptives by 2020.
Family planning can refer to a wide range of services, including reproductive health education, the promotion of ideas like "child spacing", greater access to birth control pills and implantable devices, emergency contraceptives, or even elective sterilisation procedures.
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