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Now a smartphone app for free contraceptives

THE all-purpose smartphone has an additional tool.

With just a swing of the phone on a new application, residents can find the nearest store for free contraceptive tools. All relevant details like addresses, phone numbers and service time of the distribution spots within 1,000 meters will show up on the phone.

Some 5,000 distribution spots across Shanghai have been included into the application, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission announced yesterday, which was also the World Population Day.

This year's theme in China deals with teenage pregnancy. Schools and neighborhood clinics have started a process of educating the young about safe sex, the effects of abortion and the need for self-protection, the commission said.

Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are without jobs or are not enrolled in schools, and unmarried migrant youth are the target of the local health authorities' efforts to curb unexpected pregnancy and promote safe sex.

Nearly one-third of women seeking abortion in Shanghai last year were single - 80 percent of them being migrant women, according to the commission.


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