Saturday, June 5, 2010

World Bank's Loans for Reproductive Issues

The World Bank is lending money to 58 countries to address worldwide fertility rates and high maternal deaths in third world countries.

 From Medical News Today:

During the release of its five-year plan to help drive down high maternal death and fertility rates in low-income countries, the World Bank on Tuesday said “that family planning and other reproductive health services have fallen off the radar of many governments, donors and aid agencies,” Reuters reports.

Under its Reproductive Health Action Plan (.pdf), the World Bank will increase its lending in 58 countries to help expand access to contraceptives, prenatal visits, educational programs for women and girls, and training for health workers on common causes of maternal death (Wroughton, 5/11).

Read news coverage here or the report here.

MR

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