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UK announces £90m family planning initiative for Ethiopia

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The UK, through its Department for International Development on Tuesday announced its new family planning by choice programme, which will provide £90 million of support for voluntary family planning in Ethiopia over the next four years.According to a release issued by the UK government, the programme will work with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health to give millions of women access to modern, voluntary family planning services across the country.

The programme aims to provide 13 million women with direct access to family planning information, support 6 million current family planning users and attract three million more voluntary users as well as prevent 15 million unwanted pregnancies and 300,000 maternal child deaths.

The programme will enable over 3,000 health facilities, mostly rural health centres, to provide quality family planning services, establish 100 quality assurance hubs at referral and general hospitals as well as ten family planning centres of excellence at teaching hospitals.

By providing family planning choices for everyone who wants it, Ethiopia will be able to increase women’s voice and control over their reproductive health, slow down population growth, and enhance economic growth, the release said.

The programme is part of the UK’s global leadership on family planning, and was announced as part of a package of support around the world at the London Family Planning Summit on 11 July 2017.

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