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Government of Canada announces renewed funding for reproductive health and rights initiatives

Minister announces over $76 million for reproductive health initiatives and renewed support of $5 million for contraceptive supplies initiative

March 7, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, today announced new funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to increase access to maternal, newborn and reproductive health services in developing countries.

Canada is committed to universal access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights. Today’s announcement included a renewed commitment to support the UNFPA’s contraceptive supplies initiative, a long-term program to help prevent adolescent pregnancies in Honduras, and a major midwifery initiative in South Sudan, where the maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the world.

Minister Bibeau made the announcement alongside Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director, during his inaugural visit to Ottawa. The Government of Canada will continue to work with the UNFPA on important issues that include sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to contraceptive supplies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; and ending child, early and forced marriage.

Canada’s support for UNFPA helps to increase access to reproductive health services, create development policies that take population dynamics into account and improve the status of women and girls worldwide.


“Canada is committed to a better and more comprehensive approach to supporting the health of women in developing countries. We also believe that programming decisions on these matters should be driven by evidence and outcomes, not ideology.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

“Canada has long been a strong supporter of UNFPA and its work to provide women and girls with access to the sexual and reproductive health services they need. Canada’s continued support will ensure that more women survive childbirth and fewer girls are subjected to early pregnancy. When women and girls are able to exercise their rights and live in health and dignity, their families, communities and nations prosper.”

- Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund

Quick facts

  • UNFPA, a key multilateral partner of Canada, is the primary UN organization focused on population, demographics and reproductive health, including maternal health issues.
  • Canada will aim to close existing gaps in reproductive rights and in health care for women as part of its commitment to refocus its development assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people.

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