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Denmark to help Africa with family planning in face of booming population growth

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Naming the increase of access to contraception and family planning was an important foreign and security policy priority for the Danish government, the Nordic country has promised to contribute 91m kroner (12 million euros) for a family planning programme in developing nations, arguing this could also help «limit the migration pressure on Europe».

British public broadcaster BBC reports that Danish Minister for Development Co-operation, Ulla Tørnæs, evaluated that 225 million women in the world’s poorest countries do not currently have access to family planning.

«Unwanted pregnancies have enormous human costs in developing countries – from very young women who must give up their basic education, maternal mortality” to “large social costs, where many countries’ development step is limited by high population growth,» stated Tornaes.

«If the population growth in Africa continues as now, the African population will double from 1.2 billion people to 2.5 billion people by 2050,» Tornaes stressed.

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