Stephen O’ Brian, the Development Minister, recently annouced Britain’s pledge of £35 million for contraceptive supplies in poor countries at the International Conference on Family Planning in Dakkar. This new money will help UNFPA to prevent hold-ups in the supplies of hormonal contraceptives and condoms. It will also support a rapid response-style unit to procure and deliver supplies to countries facing stock-outs, whilst governments work to remedy the contraceptive flow through more long-term arrangements. This contraceptive drive is intended to prevent more than 2 million unintended pregnancies and avert nearly 220,000 unsafe abortions.
DFID’s press release is available at: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/News/Latest-news/2011/contraception-drive-will-save-womens-lives/