Photograph by Mark Tuschman
A woman is seeking an intrauterine device (IUD) at a clinic in a village outside of Arusha because she does not want to become pregnant. Her husband recently passed away and his brothers want to impregnate her against her will.
Tanzania has one of the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, with the average woman having 5.7 children over the course of her lifetime. While the country has taken steps to expand access family planning services in recent years, one in four women who want contraceptives still cannot access them.
The IUD is one of the most effective family planning options. It can last from 3 to 10 years and is not obvious to anyone apart from the woman who uses it. Contraceptives like the IUD can help expand the freedom of women around the world - giving them choices over how to plan their families and lives.