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Women who are poor, less educated, or live in rural areas can face significant economic, cultural and institutional barriers to birth control, and often turn to dangerous forms of pregnancy prevention out of desperation.But family planning does more than save lives; it also saves money. These so-called "demographic dividends" are forecast to be particularly high for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, where roughly a third of the population is between the ages of 10 and 24 .Still, despite the many advantages associated with family planning services, too many countries continue to underfund this vital portion of their health care systems. For poor women in particular, government-funded services are often the only option for safe and effective family planning solutions.Developed countries could solve the global family planning funding shortfall for a mere 20 cents per person per year, a bargain given the projected returns for individuals, families and economies.
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