UK donates 90M pounds to Ethiopia for family planning programmes
The Department for International Development (DfID) of the government of the United Kingdom has donated 90 million pounds sterling to Ethiopia to support its family planning activities, the Ethiopian news agency (ENA) has reported.
Ethiopia wants to give its population a voluntary family planning scheme and reproductive health services, in a bid to control its population growth and improve economic development, Jo Moir, the head of DfID told a joint press conference with Ethiopian Minister of Health Yifru Birhane.
Despite progress in this area, Ethiopia's population has doubled over the past 25 years, soaring from about 50 million in 1991 to 102 million in 2016, according to the DfID official, who further asserted that the country’s population is likely double in the next 35 years, if the current fertility rate continues.
“With better access to comprehensive family planning, women can have greater control on their lives, end their studies, get better jobs and in turn have more control over their health and motherhood.”
The Ethiopian Health minister said the UK government has been a long supporter of Ethiopia in different sectors, particularly in family planning services.