Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 December 2008

Health agencies join forces to address contraceptive ban in Africa / Marie Stopes International (MSI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sign agreement to supply commodities to affected countries

 


 

Health agencies  join  forces  to address contraceptive ban in Africa / Marie Stopes International (MSI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sign agreement to supply commodities to affected countries

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, December 18, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Marie Stopes International (MSI) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed an agreement to continue the supply of family planning commodities to MSI programmes in eight African countries that were requested by the Bush Administration to cut US-funded supplies to MSI last September.

 

            Under the agreement, UNFPA will fund, procure and deliver 7.1 million units of family planning commodities, valued at $1.5 million, to MSI programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The agreement was concluded with the support of the UK Department of International Development (DFID), the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and other European governments.

 

            “This agreement is a lifeline for MSI programmes and the millions of women we serve in these countries,” said Dana Hovig, MSI’s chief executive. “It will replace – IUD for IUD, implant for implant – the commodities cut by the Bush Administration.”

 

            According to Hovig, many of the affected MSI programmes have already begun to stock-out of key commodities, and are actively seeking short-term supplies wherever they can find them. “Our priority is to maintain the greatest range of contraceptive options for women for as long as we can,” he said. “This agreement with UNFPA could not have come at a better time.”

 

            UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Obaid expressed UNFPA’s support for MSI, saying “It is of the utmost importance for all to enable women and men in Africa and all parts of the world to access family planning supplies through channels of their own free choice.”


 SOURCE : Marie Stopes International (MSI)


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