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Gates Foundation Blog Posts Discuss Global Family Planning Issues

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Amie Newman, a communications officer at the foundation, highlights “a documentary about the recent Women Deliver conference — an event held in May of 2013, in Kuala Lumpur — which brought together 4,500 people from 149 different countries to talk about family planning globally,” and she discusses efforts in Malaysia, “which has successfully reduced the number of women who die from pregnancy- and childbirth-related conditions from 570 women for every 100,000 live births to only 29 in large part because of a dedication to expanding access to family planning” (7/29). In a separate family planning-related post, Lester Chinery, director of operations for the Concept Foundation and program director for the Quality of Reproductive Health Medicines program, and John Skibiak, director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), reflect on last year’s London Summit on Family Planning, which they write “united civil society organizations, governments, private sector and foundations around the promise to provide 120 million more women in developing countries with access to contraceptives information, services and supplies by 2020.” They note “the formation of the new Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) global initiative” in the year since and highlight the Generic Manufacturers for Reproductive Health (or GEMS Caucus), “a select group of generic manufacturers that collectively distribute family planning products to more than 50 countries” (7/29).