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Family planning – the provision of modern methods of contraception and counseling, backed up by comprehensive sexuality education - prevents unplanned pregnancies and abortions, reduces maternal and child mortality and saves precious healthcare resources. Family planning services should be accessible to all those who might need them (including unmarried couples, single women and adolescents) and must take into consideration the right of women and their partners to choose the best method available for them. Society as a whole reaps the benefits when women are free to choose a family planning method that suits their needs.
Providing family planning services is one of the most cost-effective investments governments can make to improve health and promote economic development. In Mongolia, increasing the investments on contraceptive commodities could avoid thousands of unnecessary deaths and morbidities – and in turn, it could avert almost $7.5 million dollars spent on direct healthcare costs.