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Almost 25 percent of adult women in developing countries suffer illness or injury as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.
More than 100,000 women develop obstetric fistulas each year.
Every year, global population increases by about 78 million people.
Scripps Howard News Service
Every 20 minutes, the world adds another 3,500 human lives but loses one or more entire species of animal or plant life.
350 million couples worldwide would use contraception if they could, but have no access to information or services.
More than 500,000 women die from complications related to pregnancy each year.
The United States has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in developed countries.
The most rapid fertility declines have occurred in developing countries which have achieved major improvements in child survival rates and educational levels and have implemented family planning programs.
Even if fertility rates everywhere were to fall instantly to replacement level (2.06 children per woman), the high number of youths who are entering reproductive age ensures that world population growth will continue for another two generations.
30 to 40 percent of infant deaths are the result of poor care during pregnancy and delivery.