UN To Help Increase Family-Planning Services

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United Nations and the world’s largest reproductive rights organisation are expanding their services in more than a dozen countries recovering from disasters and conflicts so that up to 8 million more women and girls can access family planning services by 2015.

The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) on Thursday said they aim to improve health infrastructure, boost the quality of healthcare workers, develop efficient distribution systems and ensure affordable supplies in these countries.

“We know that 222 million women in the world today want family planning and they’re not getting it. So IPPF and UNFPA decided to we are going to take the bull by the horns and grab it,” UNFPA executive director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said on the last day of Women Deliver, a three-day conference focusing on the health and well-being of women and girls.

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