World leaders asked to double investment on reproductive health

By Lawrence Quartey
Posted on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:37, updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 12:10

World leaders must double investments on reproductive health to accelerate progress in attaining universal access by 2015, the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health has urged.

The council, a group of sixteen sitting and former heads of State and high-level policymakers, said the current annual financial contribution to Millennium Development Goal 5 amounts to US$3.1 billion, less than half of the required amount.

According to the Global Leaders council, to achieve universal access by 2015, funding for reproductive health must be increased to US$6.7 billion.

“Reproductive health is an essential investment in the world,” the council said, in a statement issued in New York, US recently.

“We envision a world with healthy families and communities, stable societies and abundant natural resources.”

It said that this year, more than 215 million women around the globe were eager to plan their families but lacked access to modern contraceptives which was against the ideals of global development.

“A nation’s health – its families, its communities, and its economy – is directly linked to the health of its women,” the statement noted.

The council is committed to advancing reproductive health care for lasting development and prosperity.

The group is chaired by former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson to mobilise political will and financial resources necessary to achieve universal access to reproductive health care by 2015, which is a key target of the United Nation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The council was launched on 20 September last year, at the advent of the United National MDGs summit.

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