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Marie Stopes raises $4.6bn for family planning

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Former Nigerian health minister, Professor Babatunde Osotimeyin was one of the speakers at the Family Planning summit held last week in London by Marie Stopes International, a London-based   organisation which opened its regional office in Abuja, Nigeria, two years ago. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Executive Director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, takes to the stage. He begins by commending Rwanda for having the parliament with the highest proportion of women in the world.

For British Prime Minister, David Cameron: “It’s a simple fact that as countries get richer, women generally have fewer children.

And by concentrating their resources on a smaller number of children, those children are healthier, better educated and more likely to get a job and build a prosperous future for themselves and their own children.

Family planning helps that process along.” He announced £500m in aid at the Family Planning Summit 2012 to increase international access to contraceptives. There were other world leaders from Africa and beyond.

The summit held on 11th July, was hosted by the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring life-saving family planning services to under-served women in some of the most hard-to-reach locations around the world.

Days after the summit, a Marie Stopes official announced overall figure for commitments post summit is $2bn from developing countries and $2.6bn from donor community. In addition, Melinda Gates announced a new $560m funding for family planning between now and 2020.

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