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DFID announces increase in funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Tuesday 24 September 2019 MSI Reproductive Choices Contraception, Press release UK, USA

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The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a major funding commitment for sexual and reproductive health and rights projects between 2020 and 2025.

The £600 million investment will give more than 20 million women and girls access to family planning per year over the next five years. 

Responding to the news, Simon Cooke, CEO at Marie Stopes International, said:

“With the US Government and others now reversing at speed from their previous commitments on sexual and reproductive health and rights, it’s heartening to see the UK holding the line to ensure that more women and girls can access essential family planning services.

Expanding access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, including safe abortion services, is one of the smartest investments countries can make for their future. Giving women and girls reproductive choice creates healthier and more prosperous societies, allows women to contribute more fully to their communities, and supports stability and security.

“We applaud DFID’s leadership in this area. Their commitment will not only save thousands of women’s lives but create the opportunities that drive countries’ economic and social development.”

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