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Adding It Up 2014: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Author (s): 
S. Singh, J. E. Darroch, L. S. Ashford
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New York; UNFPA, Guttmacher Institute, 2014

The 2014 edition of Adding It Up expands the scope of the report and provides new estimates of the needs for and costs and benefits of sexual and reproductive health interventions in the following key areas: contraceptive services; maternal, newborn and other pregnancy-related care; selected services related to HIV prevention; and treating women for four other common STIs. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are central to people’s lives and essential for their well-being. In practice, this means that women and couples must have the means to have a healthy
sexual life, have the number of children they want when they want them, deliver their babies safely and ensure their newborns survive. In developing regions
as a whole, declines in unintended pregnancy, maternal and infant mortality, HIV prevalence and AIDS mortality in the last decade have been striking.