New contraception deal will help millions
October 1st 2012
A new buy-in-bulk deal to provide cheaper contraception for developing countries is set to be finalised by a coalition of governments and private donors headed by Bill Clinton and a leading drug company, potentially helping up to 27 million women.
The former US president, announcing the project at the United Nations, said the contract would bring down the costs of ‘Jadelle’, a reversible progestogen implant inserted into the arm which can provide contraception for five years.
It will be distributed to women in 42 countries including Bangladesh, Kenya and Senegal with the hope that families without access to other forms of contraception can gain more control over their family planning. Strategists hope this will cut the number of maternal deaths in childbirth and large families suffering from child starvation. “This would actually save about 280,000 children’s lives. They might be born a year or so late. They may be born in greater spacing but they will live and be healthy,” Mr Clinton said.
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