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Democracy in Development: The London Family Planning Summit

by Isobel Coleman
July 12, 2012

A Hmong woman holds her son on her back while sewing in a northern province of Vietnam on January 1, 2010 (Nguyen Huy Kham/Courtesy Reuters). A Hmong woman holds her son on her back while sewing in a northern province of Vietnam on January 1, 2010 (Nguyen Huy Kham/Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday on my blog, Democracy in Development, I discussed the London Family Planning Summit and the importance of family planning for the health of mothers and children. As I write:

I’m often asked, what is the single most important intervention to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries? I usually answer by urging investment in girls’ education. But a close second—and in some cases I would put first—is birth control. Access to family planning is a matter of survival for many of the world’s women, and their children too.

You can read the full post here.

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