A combination of challenging logistics and ideology block broader access to contraceptives in the poorest pockets of Burma (Myanmar), such as Chin State—where only around 3% of the women have access to family planning.
That stands in stark contrast to the rest of the country, where on average 40% of women use some form of contraception. Overall, Burma has the second highest maternal mortality rate in Southeast Asia, and unsafe abortion is the 3rd leading cause of maternal death.
Family planning workers face myriad challenges, from poor roads and lack of mobile phone access, to the near total absence of sex education for adolescents. Still, they see demand for the services, as well as signs of slow improvement.