The United Kingdom has pledged a historical £200 million to improve contraceptive access in Africa and Asia. The UK government launched a £200 million programme to increase the availability of contraceptives in 27 countries.
The Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (Wish) programme will begin to expand services to support an estimated amount of six million couples a year. This is an impressive feat that will be helped by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International.
This announcement was made as figures published show that efforts to expand said services would fall short by 2020. Current estimates show that the efforts to give family planning services to millions of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries would not be successful.
“We and our partners will be able to bring quality sexual and reproductive health services to millions of women in some of the world’s poorest and mosmarginalizeded communities. For many, it will be their first chance to access any kind of contraception, empowering them to stay in education, forge a career, stay healthy and pursue their hopes and dreams for the future.”
The announcement was made on 13th November 2018 at the fifth International Conference on Family Planning, which was held in Rwanda. Discussions on ways to expand services to the estimated 214 million women and girls in poor nations will be held in Kigali, with over 3,700 delegates from 110 countries.
Gender inequalities and lack of funds are roadblocks that slow down the increased access to family planning and contraception.