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Expanding choices for women and girls will save $87mln for Turkmenistan, UNFPA study finds

The Government of Turkmenistan, with UNFPA support, conducted an Investment Case to determine the cost of ending the unmet need for family planning by 2030.  The study launched on the eve of World Population Day revealed that an additional $11 million invested in family planning would be needed to contribute to achieving universal access to reproductive health in Turkmenistan, which is a key component of the Sustainable Development Goals.  


Following the commitments made in Nairobi, Turkmenistan initiated the study using a global methodology developed by UNFPA jointly with Johns Hopkins University, Victoria University, and the University of Washington and Avenir Health.  


Making the case for expanding choices

“The Investment case presents three scenarios, and the results indicate financial and health gains in all of them,” said Mr. Mihai Horga, UNFPA International consultant who facilitated the study. 

The most favorable scenario envisages expanding the coverage and the contraceptive choices for women and girls.  This means that more women will be eligible to receive free contraception, and the reproductive health rooms will offer additional contraceptive choices.  If this scenario is followed, the investments will avert more than 680,000 unintended pregnancies and 22,500 unsafe abortions, thus saving more than $87,5 million for the national public budget till the end of 2030 in purely economic terms, in addition to supporting the well-being of so many.