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UK pledges family planning support for Mozambique, others

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Mozambique is one of the recipients of annual support for family planning services the United Kingdom pledges to provide around the world until 2022, APA can report on Friday.International Development Secretary Priti Patel said the UK will save the life of one woman every 90 minutes through its global leadership in supporting modern, voluntary family planning.
“This support will benefit countries like Mozambique which, through the Minister of Health, Nazira Abdula, has undertaken in London the commitment to reach more than 300,000 adolescent girls with voluntary contraception services by 2020 through programmes implemented in all secondary schools”, read a media release from the UK High Commission in Maputo emailed to APA on Friday.
The UK has pledged this week in London to extend annual support to global family planning services, which translates into saving a woman’s life every 90 minutes.
According to the document, today there are 214 million women around the world, who despite not wanting to get pregnant, are not using modern contraception.
The release said progress has been made globally to reach more women with family planning services, but more needs to be done.
Voluntary family planning saves lives by enabling women to plan, and have fewer, pregnancies – reducing their risk of death through unsafe childbirth. This risk is very high in the world’s poorest countries, especially for adolescents.
“In this context, 30 percent of the country’s health units will have to use the electronic logistics and stock management system for goods and products, including contraceptives by 2020,” the document added.
Since 52 per cent of the Mozambican population are adolescents, there is a large portion of the population to be covered and support will help reach more than 90,000 adolescents with information, services and/or contraceptives by 2020.
At this week’s London summit, “Teenagers” covered issues related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and the United Kingdom called for collaboration between governments, civil society and the private sector to jointly do more for family planning, either by providing more services or facilitating access to them, particularly in developing countries.

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