Bill Clinton announces contraception deal

2012-09-27 14:03

New York - Prices for long-acting contraception will be halved for 27 million women in the developing world through a new partnership, former President Bill Clinton and other world leaders announced on Wednesday.

The deal will help avoid almost 30 million unwanted pregnancies and save an estimated $250m in health costs, the partnership said.

By slowing down the pace of births and avoiding medical problems such as premature births, the partnership said about 30 000 maternal deaths and 280 000 child deaths can be avoided.

"It's another victory for people in the developing world, because we in the wealthier countries can now see that by putting up a modest amount of money and pooling it with others and working with the providers, we can make market forces work to help poor people and save lives," Clinton, flanked by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

"This is a very big deal, and it will play itself out over and over again in the lives of citizens who will be safe, who will have healthier families and who will live longer lives," Clinton added.

Bayer HealthCare, the maker of the Jadelle progestogen implants, agreed to reduce their price by more than half in exchange for a six-year purchasing commitment from a coalition made up of the Norwegian, British, US and Swedish governments, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and The Children's Investment Fund Foundation.

The reversible implants are inserted into the inner side of the upper arm and last five years.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-09-27 14:11

    This is part of the Eugenics agenda. The elite want everyone to stop breeding, they believe the owrld is overpopulated, which it is NOT. So instead of announcing plans to grow massive amounts of food or build up sustainable infrastructure, they are providing contraception instead so the poor people can continue to have tons of sex, because food and homes are less important than sex, obviously... Wake up people, these idiots are helping no one...

      chris.shield - 2012-09-27 14:45

      You dropped your tinfoil hat... ARE YOU INSANE! Are you trying to say that it is a good thing for people who can't even feed themselves to pop out 8 to 10 children that will have absolutely no future because they have no access to a decent education? And even if they did it wouldn't be much use because they're so undernourished that their IQ's are in the low 70's. The world is automating at a rapid rate, we don't need street sweepers we need people to maintain street sweeping machines and for that you need a decent education...

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-27 14:48

      You seriously think that our exponential birth rate is not going to cause problems later on? Are you saying that the doubling of our population in the next 30 years will be provided for by agricultural and infrastructural planning? Do you think that 7billion jobs will just pop up magically? Even if you had to start 2000, million dollar farms (with a $2bn budget), would that provide the work for 7 billion extra people, and give them enough money so they can afford food? Have you taken automation of menial jobs with technology into account? Companies strive for efficiency, which technology and engineering provide. Have you taken the fact that we have a finite amount of resources on this planet 1into account? Now imagine the population of South Africa's poorest people was halved. That would leave less unemployed people, less mouths to feed, more money for distribution within the

      Tony-Lapson - 2012-09-27 15:02

      Prof, very well said.

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-09-27 14:25

    yippeee! Is in in SA yet?? I want one. And by the way- global warming, el nino, flooding, storms, famines - all signs that mother nature is really having a hard time to cope. Not to mention unemployment and economic recession! Is less, healthy and educated offspring not more preferable than scores of kids with empty heads and bellies?

  • Raymon - 2012-09-27 20:32

    Bill you sly dog you! Less chance for you to pay child support..*wink-wink*

  • larry.kroger.5 - 2012-10-02 01:42

    Reminds me of an incident back when Bill was president. An influential congressman asked Mr. Clinton what he was going to do about the latest abortion bill. Clinton paused and then said, "I guess I'd better pay it." Thanks, I'm here all week. Try the cheese blintzes.

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