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Donor Government Family Planning Funding Up, More Women Using Contraceptives, Reports Show

VOA News: Aid Rises for Family Planning in Poor Nations
“…International government funding for family planning in developing countries climbed to $1.4 billion last year, up $100 million or nine percent from the previous year, the California-based Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found in its report released Thursday. … [Family Planning 2020] released its own report Thursday, showing just over 290 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries voluntarily use modern contraceptives. That’s up from 266 million in 2012. ‘Some of the [government] donors are close to fulfilling their commitments, or their commitment periods are coming to an end,’ said Adam Wexler, a director of KFF’s Global Health Budget Project and a co-author of its report. ‘It will be interesting to see whether they’ll increase funding’…” (Guensburg, 11/13).