At Least $2.5B In New Pledges Made At London Family Planning Summit; Summit ‘Overshadowed’ By Trump Administration’s Decisions

TIME: Melinda Gates ‘Deeply Troubled’ by Trump Cuts to Family Planning
“…Governments, private companies, and donors committed at least $2.5bn to support family planning at the summit, according to organizers. The U.K. government announced Tuesday it would give an additional $58m dollars per year in its foreign aid budget to support family planning … Canada also promised to use $241m to reach 120 million around the world who are in need of safe access to contraception. India pledged to spend $3bn within its own country to target eight states that needed access to safe contraceptive methods. … For the first time, Haiti, South Sudan, and Chad pledged to make commitments to improve family planning in their own countries…” (Lewis, 7/11).

VOA News: Family Planning Summit Overshadowed by U.S. Funding Cut
“Donor countries at a London summit pledged Tuesday to increase funding for family planning, but proposed cuts to family planning programs by the U.S. government overshadowed the conference. … Nigeria’s minister of health, Isaac Adewole, told VOA the cuts would have an impact. ‘Every country in the developing world will be worried, because it really signifies an increase in the [funding] gap,’ he said. ‘We know family planning is one of the strongest anti-poverty strategies the world has ever known. It is a low-hanging fruit for reducing maternal mortality. It will contribute to shared prosperity’…” (Ridgwell, 7/11).

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