Unmet Need: 222 Million Women



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Christopher Purdy, Executive Vice President of DKT International, comments:

I think the pictograph is misleading in an important way - that most of the unmet need is in the “poorest” countries.  That is not exactly correct.  True, 50 million women are in Africa.  But a large percentage of unmet need is actually in middle income countries like China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico, and Brasil.   I mention this because I think the FP community is focusing on the poorest countries at the expense of a demographic time bomb in the (large) wealthier countries.  The pictograph contributes to this fallacy.

I’ve talked about this (along with a more fundamental questioning of the numbers) in my Huff Post piece:


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