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>> Family planning organizations facing steep budget cuts in Africa are learning a hard lesson, stop relying on the United States for funding. Donald Trump’s ban on federal funding for foreign groups providing abortion or related services axed tens of millions of dollars for birth control. The move shouldn't have come as a surprise.
US support for family planning has yo-yoed, dependant on who is in the White House, ever since Ronald Reagan first cut funding in 1984. Reuters' Tim Cocks.>> So what these NGOs are now learning is that maybe it wasn't very wise is to become so heavily dependent on the US for funding.
Every time Republicans get into power, you're potentially going to lose access to this funding. Of course, USA does say that, they still support loss of family planning NGO's. But the big ones, the ones like UNFPA, the ones like Planned Parenthood, and the ones like Marie Stopes hdave had their funding cut by the US.
>> The loss of funding means clinics are being forced to close and the amount of teams promoting contraception cut by up to half. The villages where the NGOs operate, like this Marie Stopes clinic in Burkina Faso, are often extremely poor and very remote, making women heavily reliant on what they offer.
>> This does mean the difference between these people managing to have contraception and managing to do proper family planning and spacing out births and just not having the capacity to do that at all.>> European countries like Sweden have led efforts to replace as much of the lost funding as possible.
But some suggest the solution could be a lot closer to home. In 2015, African leaders promised to boost healthcare to 15% of government spending. So far, most are nowhere near that target.