Forty-four year old Tong Choi Ying has four boys and one girl. She comes to a clinic in Pudu, a poor community in the shadow of Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia to get her annual check-up--including family planning services. She was referred to the clinic, she says, after the birth of her first child. And she, along with other families who visit, know that they will consistently have access to education, information and tools to plan their families.
Tong is just like millions of women around the world: she wants to plan her family in order to take care of her family. As Melinda Gates heard from a mother with whom she met, living in a slum in Kenya, "I want every good thing for this child before I have another." It's what most women, the world over, want.
Tong is part of a documentary (below) about the recent Women Deliver conference -- an event held in May of 2013, in Kuala Lumpur--which brought together 4500 people from 149 different countries to talk about family planning globally. But the thing about family planning is that it's not just about using contraceptives or deciding how many children one wants to have.
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Family planning saves lives. And no country knows that better, in many senses, than Malaysia. It's a country which has successfully reduced the number of women who die from pregnancy and childbirth related conditions from 570 women for every 100,000 live births to only 29 in large part because of a dedication to expanding acess to family planning. It's a fact: when contraception increases, maternal death decreases.
Watch the film above, and if you're compelled, take action. With Melinda Gates and so many others, you can join a community of people, globally, who are invested in helping to deliver modern contraceptives to an additional 120 million women and girls, by 2020. Visit Catapult and connect to organizations working to do this, especially for the world's poorest.