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Global Health
April 16, 2014

WHO Issues New Guidelines to Ensure Contraception as a Human Right

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JAMA. 2014;311(15):1489. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4007

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a set of guidelines on how countries can provide better information on contraception and easier access to services in ways that ensure the respect and protection of women’s human rights (

The WHO estimates that 222 million girls and women who do not want to get pregnant are not using any method of contraception. The girls and women who are most in need of modern contraception include adolescents, those living in poor or rural areas, individuals living with HIV, and internally displaced people. The need is of particular concern where women are at high risk of maternal mortality.

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