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Just $8.39 per person could give women control over their fertility

'By allowing women to choose whether and how many children to have, family planning gives them power' Image: REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Yoriko Yasukawa
Senior Adviser to the Rector, University for Peace
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An Akha hills tribe girl carries her sibling in the Phongsali province of Laos February 15, 2006. [Laos, the world's third largest heroin producer only ten years ago, declared itself free of opium poppies on Tuesday, after a six year campaign against the raw material use to make the narcotic.] - RTXO985
Family planning is central to Laos' future prosperity and its work to improve maternal health is being replicated elsewhere in the region Image: REUTERS
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