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FAMILY PLANNING: UN and World Bank Voice Concerns About Funding for Family Planning

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FAMILY PLANNING:
UN and World Bank Voice Concerns About Funding for Family Planning



UN and World Bank Voice Concerns About Funding for Family Planning
Posted by Mehret Tesfaye | July 2nd, 2009 at 9:18 pm |
Ethiopian Review
<http://www.ethiopianreview.com/articles/11103>



Family planning and other reproductive health services for women have
fallen off the development radar of many poor countries, donors and aid
agencies, according to the United Nations and the World Bank, which are
warning of the impact this will have on already high maternal mortality
rates.

New preliminary figures from the World Bank show that official global
development aid for health increased from $2.9 billion in 1995 to $14.1
billion in 2007, or roughly a five-fold increase in 12 years.

During the same period, aid for population and reproductive health made a
more modest increase from $901 million to $1.9 billion.

The global economic crisis has compounded the lack of funding for such
programmes, thereby jeopardizing the achievement of the Millennium
Development Goal (MDG) for maternal health, which is already lagging
behind.

With the financial crisis and the reduction in budgets for health, this
goal will be even harder to realize, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive
Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said at a meeting at the World
Bank, ahead of this years World Population Day, observed on 11 July.

It is not a lack of knowledge that is hindering progress; it is a lack of
political will to protect the health and rights of women, she stated.

UNFPA estimates that more than 500,000 women die each year during
pregnancy and childbirth from mostly preventable and treatable medical
problems. For every woman who dies, another 20 women suffer injuries and
disabilities that can last a lifetime.

Africa has the worlds highest rates of maternal mortality  at least 100
times those in developed countries, the agency adds.



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