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Developing Countries: Family Planning

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which family planning programmes his Department supports; how much funding is being provided to each in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (261397)

The Department for International Development (DFID) provided £20 million in core funding to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA has a global mandate to assist countries to deliver better sexual reproductive health and rights, including voluntary family planning services, and gender equality; and to better understand population dynamics including growth, ageing, fertility and mortality.

DFID provided £5 million to support UNFPA’s Global Programme for Reproductive Health Commodity Security (GPRHCS) in 2008-09. The Global Programme will support up to 40 countries to access high quality and affordable essential drugs, contraceptives, and equipment for voluntary family planning services, HIV/STI prevention and maternal health services. The UK will be the largest donor to UNFPA’s Global Programme with up to £100 million over five years.

It is not possible to provide an exact figure of DFID’s funding to family planning at country level. This is because DFID has a number of funding channels for country programmes including budgetary support for health systems, direct government budgetary support and multilateral funding which may have as a sub-component the provision of family planning commodities and services.