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2012 in review: key health issues

An elderly woman advises young women in her village to space their children, India
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WHO calls for renewed focus on family planning

An estimated 222 million couples worldwide are unable to access family planning. In many countries, more than 30% of women who want contraceptives are unable to get them. At the Family Planning Summit in London on 11 July, WHO committed to fast-track assessment of new and existing quality contraceptives so women in low- and middle-income countries can have better access to a broader range of safe and effective products. WHO also pledged to help countries integrate family planning services into basic health care and analyse why so many women who want to use contraception are still unable to obtain it.

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