In a study published by Family Planning 2020, a global alliance that promotes the reproductive rights of women and girls, more than 139 million women and girls in India use ‘modern contraceptive methods’.
The FP2020 report points out that modern contraceptive users have doubled since 2012 in around 13 low-income countries, which helped to prevent over 121 million unintended pregnancies, 1,25,000 maternal deaths and 21 million unsafe abortions.
In India itself, around 54.5 million unintended pregnancies were prevented,1.8 million unsafe abortions and 23,000 maternal deaths averted in the last year as a result of contraceptives.
In 2017, India updated its FP2020 commitment with two very specific, data-driven pledges: to invest $3 billion of domestic resources in family planning by 2020 and to increase the country’s modern contraceptive prevalence for married women from 53.1% to 54.3% by 2020, with 74% of the demand for modern contraceptives satisfied. Both of those commitments have been fulfilled.
The report also suggests that India continues to be the country with one of the highest levels of domestic government expenditure, indicating the government’s commitment to its family planning programmes.
“This year’s data includes estimates for 54 countries amounting to nearly $1.6 billion in spending. Most of that figure is attributable to just five countries: India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the Philippines,” the report added.