Family Planning Summit

11 JULY | LONDON


Summit in the news & Financial Times supplement

Summit in the news

Financial Times Special Report: Sexual and Reproductive Health

In advance of the London Family Planning Summit, the Financial Times has issued a Special Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The report features articles on commodities, supply chains, HIV/AIDs, and more, and highlights an increased determination to spread the benefits of contraception. It also speaks to the power of partnerships, emphasizing the collaborative nature of the work around promoting sexual and reproductive health, and features a sneak peak of the Civil Society Declaration of 1000+ signatories from 177 countries that will be presented to hosts Prime Minister David Cameron and Melinda Gates at the Family Planning Summit on 11 July.

From other PMNCH partners

Citizen's Reports - from White Ribbon Alliance

White Ribbon Alliance's Farhana Ahmad reports directly from the London Summit on Family Planning following the announcement of various government commitments, speaking with key officials to find out how these promises will be kept, including PMNCH Director Carole Presern. "We will be taking these commitments also and looking at them every year in the report that will go to the Secretary General and through the Independent Expert Review Group, making sure that whoever made a commitment actually did what they said they were going do," Dr Presern told Ms Ahmad. "And if they didn't -- why not? Was it a lack of will, or was it a proper constraint that perhaps other people who made commitments can come together to help address."

White Ribbon Alliance's Tonte Ibraye reports from London in the lead up to the London Summit on Family Planning convened by the UK Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Merck Announces Collaboration to Improve Maternal Health through Expanded Access to Family Planning

LONDON, 11 July 2012 – Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that they will work together to expand access to family planning, a critical step in improving the health of women around the world. Merck intends to pledge up to $25 million over eight years as part of Merck for Mothers – the company’s 10-year initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world. This pledge will be matched by the Gates Foundation as part of its commitment to family planning. These contributions will advance efforts to help reach United Nations Millennium Development Goal 5, which calls for a 75 percent reduction in maternal mortality and universal access to reproductive health by 2015.

WHO joins call for renewed focus on family planning

New policy briefs released at London Summit outline strategies to improve family planning, strengthen sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries

11 JULY | LONDON/GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) today committed to fast-track its assessment of new and existing quality contraceptives so more women in low- and middle-income countries can obtain and use a broader range of safe and effective contraceptive products.

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