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AusAID - NEW Family Planning Initiatives

QUESTION NUMBER 12 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
How much bilateral Australian aid funding, since August 2009 has gone to NEW family planning initiatives, that get family planning services to women who currently have an unmet need, to help reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions? How much money and support has gone to the provision of safe abortion services in the region?

Answer:
In 2010-11, the Government will exceed its commitment made in August 2009 to spend an additional $15 million on family planning and reproductive health over four years. In 2009-10 AusAID spent approximately $10 million on family planningrelated activities. The Government expects to spend around $20 million in 2010-11. This includes a new three-year funding agreement of $20.5 million with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) from 2010. It also includes funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

AusAID is also working bilaterally in a number of countries, including in East Timor where we are providing $5 million over two years (2010-2012) to the United States
Agency for International Development's Health Improvement Project. Approximately half of these funds will be used to provide family planning and sexual and reproductive health services in an initial five priority districts. Activities will commence on 1 June 2011. AusAID is supporting Marie Stopes International and Health Alliance International to provide family planning information and education, and to establish a reproductive health centre in Dili and safe birthing sites in the districts. AusAID is also funding UNFPA to supply and distribute contraceptives.

The aid program supports improved health outcomes for women through health programs in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, Solomon Islands, Afghanistan, East Timor and Nepal. The aid program also funds effective international organisations and initiatives dealing with women's health, including UNICEF and the GAVI Alliance.

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