UK Maternal Health Approach to Focus on Family Planning

Family planning will be front and center to the U.K.’s approach to improving maternal health in the developing world, U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell announced July 27.

Under this new approach, the Department for International Development will seek to increase the availability of family planning techniques to help the approximately 215 million people worldwide who would want to delay or avoid pregnancy.

“DfID will now have an unprecedented focus on family planning, which will be hard-wired into all our country programs,” Mitchell said at the launch of the department’s public consultation dubbed “Choice for women: wanted pregnancies, safe births.”

The public consultation covers a wide range of issues, including unsafe abortion, antenatal care, family planning, adolescent fertility and skilled care at delivery. The online consultation will run until Oct. 20, 2010.

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