New Public-Private Partnership Will Halve the Cost of Long-Lasting Contraceptive Implant for World's Poorest
This week, MSD, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other global health leaders took a step toward fulfilling commitments made at the London Summit on Family Planning by announcing a new public-private partnership to increase access to long-acting contraceptive implants in some of the world’s poorest countries.
MSD has generously agreed to halve the cost of IMPLANON and its next generation implant, IMPLANON NXT, for supply through reproductive health projects in select developing countries throughout the next six years. IMPLANON is a single-rod, long-acting, and reversible contraceptive implant that offers women three years of pregnancy protection. The implants are pre-packaged and fully sterilized, both advantageous features for working in settings with limited health care infrastructure.
The announcement comes just weeks after a similar agreement between Bayer HealthCare AG and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation regarding the long-acting implant Jadelle. Pathfinder is thrilled to see this continued emphasis on commitments made in London last summer, particularly as it pertains to improving access to reproductive health services for the world’s 222 million women who currently want, but lack access to modern methods of contraception. It is our hope that these innovative new partnerships will inspire additional support for reproductive health care and services that contribute to stronger, healthier women and communities worldwide.
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A video provides a snapshot of Pathfinder International’s Health of People and Environment in Lake Victoria Basin project, an integrated population, health, and environment project supported by MacArthur. The project aims to reduce threats to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem degradation in the Lake Victoria Basin while increasing access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services.
Call for Expression of Interest in Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health Innovation Fund Grants
Ethiopia's Federal Ministry of Health has initiated the Reproductive, Maternal, and Neonatal Health Innovation Fund (RIF). The Fund will finance innovative projects that address demand-side barriers in reproductive, maternal, and neonatal health. Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest to the Federal Ministry of Healthwill be September 15, 2014.