UK to Improve Women’s Health in Africa and Asia


“The UK government has launched a £200m programme to increase the availability of contraceptives in 27 countries across Africa and Asia, in what has been described as a “landmark” investment.”

The purpose of this investment is to improve the health services and education of women living in poverty or disadvantaged circumstances. Many of these women have no access to contraceptives and are susceptible to HIV/AIDs and other STIs. This also incentivises women to pursue an education and career and allows them to spend less on healthcare. Despite these intentions, these international efforts will fall short of the 2020 global target.

There will be an international conference to be held in Rwanda regarding family planning. The aim of the conference is to increase services to young people, especially those in developing countries.

“More than 3,700 delegates from 110 countries are meeting in Kigali to discuss ways to expand services to the estimated 214 million women and girls in poorer nations who want to avoid pregnancy but cannot access modern contraceptives.”

According to the FP2020, in the world’s poorest countries, there has been a 17% increase in the use of contraceptives by women and girls in the last 6 years. However, this is still short of its target to provide contraception for a further 44% women in 69 target countries by 2020.


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