Aktion Regen, why?
Family planning is recognized by the United Nations as a human right and a development priority!
The population of Africa will double to 4.3 billion by 2050!
Half of the population of Africa is under 16 and in reproductive age!
On average, an African woman has 5 children!
43% of all pregnancies in developing countries are unwanted. That affects about 89 million women a year. This leads to 48 million abortions, ten million miscarriages and one million stillbirths!
200 million women are genitally mutilated!
Every day, 830 women die from preventable birth complications. Pregnancy complications are the leading cause of death for young women aged 15 to 19 worldwide!
214 million women in developing countries have no access to contraceptives!
Family planning can slow down climate change: Family planning avoids unwanted pregnancies and consequently unwanted births, which reduces the total population and thus avoids global greenhouse gas emissions due to lower demand for goods and services!
Enabling access to family planning not only increases individual’s autonomy, it is also the answer to many of the economic, social, demographic, and environmental issues of our time.
It is important to note culture, tradition, and religion when undertaking development work, as these factors determine individual’s lives and responses to new information. Aktion Regen works with local Rain Workers to share information that is accessible, suitable to cultural contexts and understandable.
If we can implement family planning programs early, we can save lives and prevent illness, especially among women and girls. I am proud to be an Aktion Regen Rain Worker!
Maria has always told us “grab your future”. I am proud to be a Rain Worker and to spread the knowledge on family planning. It is for our future!