By reducing the number of unintended and high risk pregnancies, family planning is key to reducing the risk of maternal death.
Click forward and back to see how increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) has helped to reduce the maternal mortality rate (MMRate) in developing countries we work in around the world.
The maternal mortality rate (MMRate) is a measure of the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 women of reproductive age.
Contraceptive use is not the only determinant of maternal mortality, but this graphic provides an interesting visualisation of the relationship.
Source: our Impact 2 model, Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2008; WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, and The World Bank