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A brighter future - Ruth Jotua, 24, mum-of-two | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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A brighter future - Ruth Jotua, 24, mum-of-two

Ruth, 24, has two children – Shamin who is 5 years old and Brian who is 4 months old. Her husband works as a clinician at a hospital and she is a primary school teacher at a local school.

 

"If I had lots of children, I think my life would have been in danger because I would be giving birth frequently. There would be dire poverty in our house and we would not have enough food for all the children that I would have had."

 

Ruth has access to contraceptives through a UK aid supported scheme.

 

“We look to the future as being bright because our children will be able to go to school, our family will be educated and we will be eating well because we will have all our basic needs met.”

 

With access to family planning she is able to have a professional career and is hoping to train as a nurse.

 

“I want to go back to school and take exams again because I want to go to nursing school...I am sure that with family planning I will be able to achieve what I want because I will not be having another baby in the near future."

 

 

Background

 

On 11 July 2012 the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will host a groundbreaking summit to cut in half the current number of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries without access to contraception, but who wish to avoid pregnancy or space their children.

 

Every woman and girl deserves the opportunity to to determine her own future. Contraceptives give the world's poorest women the power to decide if and when to have another child.

 

Find out more at www.dfid.gov.uk/changinglives

 

To follow the London Summit on Family Planning visit www.dfid.gov.uk/fpsummit

 

Picture: Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development

 

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Taken on May 28, 2012