In West Africa, Youth Ambassadors Serve as Family Planning Advocates

October 05, 2017 It’s a grassroots approach that’s already leading to change. ABIDJAN — International health experts are hopeful that a West African family planning initiative will encourage wider contraceptive use by having young people act as “ambassadors” for family planning, furthering the discussion on reproductive health in the region. West Africa has the world’s lowest contraceptive prevalence rate accompanied by the world’s highest fertility rate. While the world averages 2.4 children per woman, African women average 4.7 children. West Africa surpasses even the African average with five children per woman, and a 17 percent modern contraception prevalence rate as compared to the global rate of 64 percent

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In West Africa, Youth Ambassadors Serve as Family Planning Advocates