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Currently, 225 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy but are not using modern contraceptives, and tens of millions of women do not receive the basic pregnancy and delivery care they need to protect their health and that of their newborns. It would cost on average $25 per woman aged 15–49 to provide a package of essential sexual and reproductive health services to all women in developing regions each year. If all women received the essential sexual and reproductive health services they need, the number of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions would drop significantly, and:
• The number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes would drop by two-thirds
• Newborn deaths would drop by more than three-fourths
• Transmission of HIV from mothers to newborns would be nearly eliminated.
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