World Population Day highlights reproductive health services

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World Population Day

July 11th is World Population Day.

This year's theme, "Universal access to reproductive health services," is also one of the targets of Millennium Development Goals, a blueprint to meet the needs of the world's poorest.

In a message marking the occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said more than 200 million women and adolescent girls have no access to contraceptives.

The British government says it will provide more than two billion dollars over eight years to pay for contraception services in poor countries.

The pledge will be announced at a conference in London on family planning, hosted by the British government and the foundation set up by the software billionaire Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda.

The head of the foundation’s family health division, Gary Darmstadt, described the problems they were facing in developing countries:

“One is funding; one is the lack of political will on the part of countries to make it a priority to fund it themselves; one has been a breakdown actually, once contraceptives get in to countries, breakdown in supply chains for example and actually getting those commodities out to women; one frankly has been a lack of coordination on the part of donors and countries and all of us who play a role in meeting the needs that women express in developing countries and really coming together in a concerted way to deliver the services, the information and the contraceptives that they need.”

Duration: 40″

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