Actual Title: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: The contribution of fulfilling the unmet need for family planning

This report is about one strategy that will make the MDGs easier and more affordable for countries to meet. It shows how meeting unmet need for family planning can help countries achieve the MDGs by reducing the size of the target population groups for the MDGs and therefore lowering the costs of meeting the MDGs. A benefit-cost analysis was applied to 16 sub-Saharan African countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Analyses were included for selected targets and indicators of five of the eight MDGs:

  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

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