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Post at: Apr 28 2022

State of World Population Report 2022

Recent Context

  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) in April 2022 has published the' State of World Population Report 2022 titled "Seeing the unseen : The case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy."
  • The report has been published annually since 1978.

Key Findings

  • As per report, 121 million, or 331,000 per day on average pregnancies are unintended pregnancies between 2015 to 2019.
  • An estimated 73 million abortion per year on average, in 2015- 2019.
  • Globally, an estimated 257 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe, modern, methods of contraception, and of them, 172 million women are using no method at all.
  • Globally, 29 percent of all pregnancies - both intended & unintended combined - that in abortion.
  • In 64 countries, more than 8% percent of women are unable to make their own choices over contraception and 24 percent are unable to decide about health care.

Factors Responsible for Unintended pregnancies 

  • Gender inequality
  • Lack of sexual and reproductive health care and information.
  • Unsuitable contraceptive methods
  • Poverty and stalled economic development
  • Sexual violence and reproductive coercion.


  • Reframe the discourse - Unintended pregnancy should not be seen as acceptable, inevitable or ever desirable.
  • Ensure policies support and autonomy
  • Invest in research
  • Make health services comprehensive
  • Make health system gender responsive
  • Change harmful social norms.


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