The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) has announced that this July, it will host a Family Planning summit with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners. The event signals a major political commitment as well commitments by donors, corporations, and others to work towards meeting family planning needs, such as information, services, and supplies, for developing countries by 2020.
DFID stated that this year, supporting other governments’ efforts to meet family planning needs will be a priority. Andrew Mitchell, International Development Secretary, said:
"Every woman should be able to choose whether and when she has children, yet for 215 million women across the developing world this is not an option.
"The UK Government is determined to take action. We will work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and our partners to improve the lives of millions of girls and women in the poorest countries who want to avoid pregnancy and improve their health, education and future chances.
"That is why Britain will host a Family Planning summit later this year to help them take charge of their lives for the better."
This effort is part of the UK’s work towards the Every Woman, Every Child campaign.
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