Jhpiego wins Gates grant to expand access to contraceptives

Jhpiego will use a $3 million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand acess to birth control implants to developing countries.

The efforts by Jhpiego, an international non-profit organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, are part of an effort led by the Gates foundation and several other groups to make contracepton and family planning services better avaialbe to 120 million women and girls in the world's poorest country.

As part of the initiative, drug makers Bayer HealthCare AG and MSD will reduce the price of implantable contraceptive devices by half for the next six years.

Jhpiego will begin distributing contraception in Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria. The group will also help to develop a model for use of the implants in other countries.

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