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06 April 2017

Out of luck and knocked up: Two-thirds of poor women have unplanned pregnancies

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Younger and poorer African women are vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies due to a lack of knowledge and options of contraception methods.

This is according to a national household survey by the SA Medical Journal on contraception coverage and methods used by women in South Africa.

The study suggests the rates of unplanned pregnancies, contraception failure and knowledge gaps demonstrate high levels of a lack of access and choice, especially among black Africans and young women.

This article is based on HSRC related work on contraceptive  coverage in South Africa, which was published in the South African Medical Journal. The authors include Dr Njeri Wabiri of HSRC.


Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)