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Young mothers Brenda, 16, with her sister Atupele, 18 - A reality for girls

Brenda, 16, (left) and her older sister Atupele, 18, (right) are academically bright but had to drop out of school because their family could not afford the fees. Both are now young mothers.


Young women aged 15-19 are twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as older women and starting young means a woman’s risk of dying of pregnancy and childbirth related causes in her lifetime is higher.




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.


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To follow the London Summit on Family Planning visit


Picture: Lindsay Mgbor/Department for International Development


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Taken on June 1, 2012