The Bill Gates family, United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID), Canada have taken a lead in pooling Family Planning funding in the wake of dire need for funding programmes in developing countries
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a commitment of $18 million family planning fund, to be managed by UNFPA Supplies, for the Ouagadougou Partnership countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo): $15 million for a commodity matching fund and $3 million USD for accompanying technical assistance.
The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development announced UK aid is investing over £200 million (approximately $260M USD) in a new flagship program Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH), which will ensure six million couples can reliably gain access to life-saving voluntary contraception in some of the world’s poorest countries every year of the program.
The commitments came after global leaders, at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) held in Kigali from November 12-15, 2018 called for increased investments in FP to drive social and economic returns poor countries especially Africa and Asia.
ICFP brings together the family planning line entities from around the globe to share best practices, celebrate successes and identify next steps toward reaching the goal of enabling an additional 120 million women to access voluntary, quality contraception by 2020.
The 2018 ICFP is co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, based at the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Rwanda’s Ministry of Health.
The 2018 ICFP is made possible with support from the ICFP Core Organizing Group—United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bill & Melinda Gates, David and Lucille Packard, William and Flora Hewlett Foundationa, DfID, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), United Nations Foundation (UNF), Netherlands, and Marie Stopes International (MSI).