Sharp focus on access to contraceptive services this World Population Day

Today marks World Population Day and women's access to contraceptive services has come under scrutiny.

According to the most recent United Nations (UN) estimates, the current world population stands at 7.5 billion people.

The UN predicts that it will rise to 11.2 billion by 2100.

This year, World Population Day coincides with the Family Planning Summit.

According to UN figures, 214 million women around the world don’t have access to safe and effective birth control.

Read: Maternal deaths caused by unsafe abortion a cry for reproductive justice

Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UN Populations Fund's (UNFPA) regional manager, says most women without access are in developing countries.

Many parts in developing countries just don't get access to safe and effective birth control.

Julitta Onabanjo, Regional Director For East And Southern Africa at , United Nations Populations Fund (

Dr. Onabanjo says the Family Planning Summit will assess progress and efforts to reach 120 million women and girls in order to provide access to contraceptive services.

She outlined the challenges and misconceptions surrounding contraceptives services and reproductive health rights for vulnerable population groups around the world.

Take a listen:

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Health department says all women can access birth control services free of charge at any local clinic.

The department's Jo-Anne Otto explains the they have also collaborated on public-private partnerships to provide contraceptive services at select pharmacies.

Otto described the various options available for women and girls and some of the barriers to raising awareness.

Take a listen:

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