a campaign for contraception to curb the galloping demography

The health authorities on Monday launched an information campaign on contraception in Mayotte, one of the French departments where fertility is the highest with a rate of 5 children per woman in 2017 against 1.9 in mainland France.

Entitled “My contraception, my choice», The campaign led by the Regional Health Agency (ARS) and the Perinatal Network (REPEMA) aim to inform women, but also men, about the different means of contraception available in this territory of the Indian Ocean where talking about sexuality is still a taboo, especially between young people and their parents.

A high rate of abortions

Among 18-24 year olds, only a third use contraception. On an island where in towns and villages everyone knows each other, going to a pharmacy or a business to buy a condom or the pill is not common. And looking for a method of contraception is not a priority either in a department where 77% of the population lives below the poverty line.

The fertility rate is accompanied by a rate of voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion) also high, of 26.4 per 1,000 women in 2016 (15.6 in metropolitan France in 2019), which also worries the health authorities.

According to INSEE, the population quadrupled between 1985 and 2017, going from 67,200 to 256,500 inhabitants. And with school overcrowding, overcrowded health facilities, an undersized water supply network, the island’s development is hampered. The health authorities hope to renew with the success of the previous campaign during the 1990s entitled “1, 2, 3, bassi»(1, 2, 3, that’s enough!) Which had helped to limit births.

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