Pathfinder International Supports President Obama’s FY2014 Budget, Calls for Congress to Invest in Women’s Health
Yesterday, President Obama released his FY2014 budget recommendations. In it, the president calls for strong support for Global Health Initiatives, including a 3% increase over FY2013 (post-sequestration). Continuing the Obama Administration’s robust investment in the health and rights of girls and women, the budget includes increases for family planning and reproductive health programs, as well as maternal and child health.
“We know that access to family planning and reproductive health is critical for women’s health and well-being, and the president’s budget calls attention to that,” Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder said. “We applaud President Obama’s increase for international family planning and reproductive health programs. These investments make a difference.”
For every $100 million the US spends on family planning, 1.5 million unintended pregnancies are avoided, 4,000 maternal deaths are prevented, and 20,000 fewer children lose their mothers. President Obama’s budget calls for family planning programs to receive $534 million, up 1% from FY2012.
“We also appreciate President Obama’s strong funding for gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as his continued support for the Office of Global Women’s Issues,” Purnima Mane said.
The Office of Global Women’s Issues is vital to efforts to fully integrate women’s issues into US foreign policy and works to promote stability, peace, and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world.
“This budget sends a strong signal that the US is invested in improving women’s lives,” Purnima Mane said. “Sadly, that commitment has been called into question over the devastating sequester cuts. While we have not yet felt the full impact, there is no doubt that the cuts will impact millions and women in developing countries will lose access to essential contraceptive supplies and services. Pathfinder encourages Congress to stand strong for women around the world and support President Obama’s calls for an increase in family planning and reproductive health programs.”
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Pathfinder International organised a two-day workshop for media personnel in Karachi to highlight role of media in addressing population and reproductive health challenges. The workshop highlighted the role of media in addressing issues, challenges and identifying opportunities related to population and health.
What's more, women in Ethiopia are having fewer children (the fertility rate fell from an average of 6.5 children per woman in 2000 to 4.6 currently), maternal deaths are in decline, and more women are staying in school longer. Plus, more women are opting for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) instead of more traditional short-term methods like birth control pills or condoms.