Access to an injectable contraceptive shot priced at just $1 will be made available to women in 69 of the world’s poorest countries. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the Children’s Investment Fund announced in the last week so as to make a move to expand access to the contraceptive.
With a view to enable some of the poorest women in the world to buy the device at a reduced cost or receive it free, Sayana Press, the official name of the injection system, will be sold to registered purchasers. The contraceptive was first used for contraception in Burkina Faso and is based on technology that was used to give Hepatitis B inoculations in Indonesia.
The single-use, effective for three months is prefilled, no-reusable device cutting the risk of infection due to needle sharing. Its simplicity means health workers can easily administer it in arrange of settings, including in rural homes. Dr Chris Elias, head of the global development programme at the Gates Foundation said: “When women are able to plan their families, they are more likely to survive pregnancy and child birth, to have healthier newborns and children, and to invest more in their families’ health and wellbeing.”
He added: “We are proud to be part of this innovative public-private collaboration that will help more women around the world – even in remote areas – plan their lives and their futures.” Among women in developing countries, injectable contraceptives are a widely-used family planning method – in poorer countries the lifetime risk of death due to a maternal cause can be as high as one in 15.
Justine Green, the International Development Secretary, said: “Access to modern, safe and reliable family planning methods is vital in helping women to control their lives and their futures. “Without the ability to choose when they have children and how many they have, too often women lose the opportunity to participate fully in their economies and societies
The idea that saving lives will lead to overpopulation is a myth was written by Bill Gates upon announcement comes as the of the annual letter of Gates Foundation.
Basis health, prosperity, equality and access to contraceptives were essential to secure a sustainable world as per Bill Gates.