Donors pledge $2.6bn to improve access to family planning

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 13 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4777
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The prime minister, David Cameron, made a passionate speech on family planning at a London summit which saw donors pledge $2.65bn (£1.7bn; €2.2bn) to help broaden women’s access to contraception in the developing world.

The pledges were made by donor countries and philanthropic organisations at a summit organised by the UK Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The summit was called to give 120 million more women in developing countries access to contraceptive services and information by 2020.

The biggest pledge at the summit came from the UK government which promised $800m until 2020, doubling its spending commitment to family planning. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $560m until 2020, doubling its annual commitment. Germany promised an additional $491m to reproductive health and family planning, of …

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