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Contraceptives are "one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations" - Melinda Gates

Contraceptives are "one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known", philanthropist Melinda Gates said, calling for family planning to be made a global priority. Access to birth control boosts economic productivity by freeing up women to work, and leads to smaller families with parents able to devote more resources to their children`s health and education, Gates told an international summit in London on family planning. Financial commitments announced at the conference were expected to total at least $2.5 billion - of which $1.5 billion has been pledged by countries in Africa and Asia

July 11, 2017
Reuters, Trust.org

U.N. chief warns U.S. funding cut may have devastating effects

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that a decision by the United States to withdraw all funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) could have ‘devastating effects’ on vulnerable women and girls around the world. The U.S. State Department said it was dropping the funding because the UN Population Fund ‘supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation.’ A UN spokesperson said Guteress ‘believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work done by UNFPA’

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Why have four children when you could have seven? Family planning in Niger

With the world’s highest birth rate, Niger’s population is set to double in 17 years. NGOs are providing contraception but what if women in society don’t mind having more children? 

March 15, 2017
The Guardian

After Trump ban, Brussels pro-choice conference raises 181 million euros

A Brussels conference to finance global family planning initiatives raised 181m euros, after the U.S. halted such programmes, which had left NGOs worldwide with a large funding gap

March 2, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

China's H7N9 bird flu death toll at 47 in March - government data

China reported 47 human fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in march, the national health authority said, compared with 61 deaths in February. It also reported 96 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu for last month, according to the statement posted on the National Health and Family Planning Commission website

April 12, 2017
Channel News Asia, Reuters, Business Insider