A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute showed that Nepali women have 1.2 million pregnancies each year, of which 539,000 are unintended. Nearly a quarter of these result in unplanned births and two-thirds are aborted.
“Actually, we have achieved a lot with the little money we have invested,” explains Bhim Singh Tinkari of the Family Welfare Division in Kathmandu. “But the money is mainly to buy contraception and family planning products. There is a huge gap in contraceptive supply, public awareness and trained health workers.”
“If all unmet need for modern contraception were met, unintended pregnancies would be reduced by 87%, or 469,000 annually, and unplanned births, abortions and miscarriages would decline by the same proportion. Fully meeting women’s need for contraception would reduce maternal deaths,” The Guttmacher Institute report concludes.