225 MILLION WOMEN IN WORLD’S POOREST COUNTRIES HAVE NO ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING

Protesters in London highlighted the plight of women with no access to family planning

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Danish minister for Development Co-operation, Ulla Tornaes has said 225 million women in the world’s poorest countries do not currently have access to family planning.

She made the disclosure at a family planning  conference in London on Tuesday.

According to her “unwanted pregnancies have enormous human costs in developing countries – from very young women who must give up their basic education, maternal mortality.”

“Also have large social costs, where many countries’ development step is limited by high population growth”.

While pledging more funds for family planning in developing nations, she said this could also help “limit the migration pressure on Europe”.

She said Copenhagen would contribute 91m kroner (£11m; $14m) for the programme.

She then referred specifically to Africa, saying that curtailing the continent’s population growth by increasing access to contraception and family planning was an important foreign and security policy priority for the Danish government.

“If the population growth in Africa continues as now, the African population will double from 1.2 billion people to 2.5 billion people by 2050,” Ms Tornaes said.

“Part of the solution to reducing migratory pressures on Europe is to reduce the very high population growth in many African countries.”

Denmark, like a number of other EU nations, has in recent years been under pressure to deal with a rising number of asylum seekers and immigrants arriving in Europe.

However, asylum applications dropped dramatically in the country in 2016, compared with 2015.

The government said October that 5,500 applications were received until 30 October, compared with 21,000 in 2015.

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