Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–March 27, 2014. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today a series of new grants to partners working to expand access to reproductive health care and reduce maternal death in developing countries. As part of this exciting new initiative, Planned Parenthood Global, the international division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will provide technical support to local organizations advocating for expanded access to reproductive health care in Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Uganda.
“When women have the power to decide if and when to have children there are fewer unintended pregnancies, fewer maternal deaths, and greater opportunities for women, families and their communities,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “To do this, governments need to play a stronger role to ensure that all women have access to the health care they need, no matter who they are, no matter where they live.”
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ expansion of global programs builds on a broader campaign to ensure that an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries have access to family planning services by the year 2020. In 2012, Michael R. Bloomberg committed $50 million to Family Planning 2020 (FP 2020), a global movement of nonprofit organizations, donors, and researchers.
“We are honored to partner with Bloomberg Philanthropies to expand access to reproductive health care in some of the world’s most marginalized communities,” said Latanya Mapp Frett, vice president – global of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “For more than 40 years, Planned Parenthood Global has been working overseas to ensure that women, men, and young people have access to the health care they need to control their bodies and their futures.”
The advocacy grants will support local partners’ efforts to advocate for laws and policies that support access to reproductive health services. Planned Parenthood Global will provide on-the-ground support to local organizations with technical expertise on strategic planning, coalition-building and media campaign development.
For more information on Planned Parenthood Global, visit www.plannedparenthood.org/global
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.