Marie Stopes Niger featured in The Guardian
Why have four children when you could have seven?
The Guardian recently provided powerful testimony on the importance of Marie Stopes Niger’s family planning work in the country with the world’s highest birth rate. Women in Niger want an average of nine children despite facing a one-in-23 chance of dying from pregnancy or childbirth, while men say they want 11. As a result, Niger’s population is set to double in 17 years, compounding the burden on an already fragile economy and driving poverty, famine, political instability, and violence.
Marie Stopes Niger’s Aboubacar Gousmane tells a jam-packed health clinic, “We know our communities are poor. If we have many babies, we make it harder for ourselves.”