11 July 2012

Uganda: Museveni in London for Family Planning Global Summit

President Yoweri Museveni, accompanied by his wife Janet Museveni, is leading a delegation at a global summit on family planning in the United Kingdom.

The summit that is taking place in London is expected to call for international commitment and resource mobilisation to transform the lives of millions of women and girls.

The global summit is themed: "Global Motherhood: Pushing for Family Planning To Save Lives."

The London Summit on Family Planning is jointly hosted by the Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), with support from UNFPA.

This meeting will bring together leaders from around the world to secure the commitments needed to ensure that 120 additional girls and women around the world can access contraceptive information, services and supplies by 2020.

President Museveni will be speaking on a panel at 4:20pm (Ugandan time) . The live webcast will be available from 11:30am.

Uganda loses about sh275b annually due to inadequate investment in maternal health and family planning, according to reports from the United Nations Population Fund.

The country also has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, standing at 435 deaths per 100,000 births, while unsafe abortion causes up to 26% of the maternal deaths.

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