On 27 March Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of a multi-faceted $50 million reproductive health programme to prevent maternal deaths and help more women freely and safely make decisions about when to have children.
At the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, Michael R Bloomberg committed $50 million to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), a global collaboration of governments, non-profit organizations, donors and researchers, to ensure that women in the world’s poorest countries have access to family planning information, contraceptives and services by 2020. Funding from this $50 million commitment will be allocated to the three core components of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ reproductive health programme, which includes new advocacy efforts, as well as an expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ existing programme in Tanzania.
The programme will include:
Advocacy grants to strengthen reproductive health rights for women in Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Uganda.
A rapid-response grant programme, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, to help governments and providers in 69 of the world’s poorest countries effectively deliver services.
Comprehensive reproductive health services such as family planning and post-abortion care in existing and newly renovated health clinics in Tanzania, which has the eighth highest number of maternal deaths worldwide and where a woman dies from complications of pregnancy or childbirth almost every hour.
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