I recently had an opportunity to interview Dr. Candace Lew of Pathfinder International about a trip she took to Afghanistan to work with the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and UNFPA in November-December of 2013.
Afghanistan is a country of 35 million people. It has a total fertility rate of 5.1 and a maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 327 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births overall, but in rural areas the MMR rises to 417 per 100,000 live births. Currently about 20% of women in Afghanistan use modern contraception. The most popular modern contraceptive methods are injectables (7.2%) and pills (6%).