Contraception in Crisis

Amid Venezuela’s deepening humanitarian and economic crisis, a critical shortage of contraceptives is placing an estimated 9 million women at risk of pregnancy.
A small portion of emergency assistance has gone to reproductive health. Of the 45,000 hormonal implants supplied so far by the UN Population Fund, only about 17,000 have been distributed. “You see that it’s not enough,” says physician Saturnina Clemente.
Pregnant women frequently flee to neighboring Colombia for care; 26,000 Venezuelan women have given birth there since 2015. 

“The situation in this country isn’t one for having children,” said one 15-year-old mother.  


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