Unintended pregnancies are a catalyst for poverty. By helping to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, male contraception can help reduce poverty for millions of families around the world.
Despite significant reductions in the global poverty rate, 10 percent of the world still lives in extreme poverty. These 737 million people live on less than $2 a day, lacking the income and resources needed to ensure full, sustainable, and healthy lives. Millions more live at or just above the international extreme poverty line, in chronic financial stress and under constant threat of dipping below the line into extreme poverty.
Contraceptive use has a demonstrated ability to disrupt the cycle of poverty. Family planning programs have resulted in decreased likelihood of an individual living in childhood poverty as well as a decrease in adult poverty. Similarly, a study of seven West African countries demonstrated a significant positive relationship between contraceptive rates and the wealth status of women. Therefore, increasing contraceptive options and access is a crucial component of alleviating poverty.
That is why it’s so important to invest in new male contraceptives.
- World Bank's Poverty & Equity Data Portal
- World Bank: Poverty
- Institute for Women's Policy Research's "The Economic Effects of Contraceptive Access: A Review of the Evidence"
- World Economic Forum's "The economic benefits of family planning"
- UNFPA's "Demographic Dividend Atlas"
- Brookings Institute's "Understanding poverty in Africa"
- Bailey MJ, Malkova O, Norling J. DO FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAMS DECREASE POVERTY? EVIDENCE FROM PUBLIC CENSUS DATA. CESifo Econ Stud. 2014;60(2):312-337. doi:10.1093/cesifo/ifu011
- “Contraceptive Prevalence and Poverty Reduction among Women in Seven West African Countries” by Onipede WUSU, PhD.