On World Contraception Day, Countdown 2030 Europe announced the start of a new project phase, allowing the Consortium to continue to promote European political leadership and support to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning in the next 4 years.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation and a number of other organisations have launched a campaign about the global funding gap for contraceptives. The NGOs want the international community to focus on contraception as one of the main targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.
During the international AIDS conference in Durban last July, complementary results were released on the effectivity studies of a vaginal ring that protects against HIV infection. The ring was developed by the International Partnership for Microbicides and contains the anti-retroviral drug Dapivirine.
1997 was the year with the highest number of HIV infections worldwide. Since then, the number has decreased by 40%, but this positive trend has now come to an end. A recently published UNAIDS report confirms that the number of yearly infections has not declined in the last five years.
Johan Verstreken, member of the Flemish parliament and federal senate, participated in a study trip to learn about the reproductive health situation in the Philippines. He was invited by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF).