SWEDEN / AFRICA – Sweden invests $42 million to improve sexual and reproductive health in East and Southern Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa – Sweden announced a further investment of $42 million for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), in an effort to transform the lives of millions of people in East and Southern Africa. The funding is being made available through Sweden’s Strategy for SRHR in Africa 2022-2026.

The investment will bolster existing efforts by four United Nations agencies — UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO — to support countries and regional entities in the region to reduce maternal mortality, including from unsafe abortion, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, unmet need for contraceptives, and gender-based violence. The investment brings to US$99 million the total amount committed by Sweden since 2018.

SOURCE: ReliefWeb, 22 June 2023 ; PHOTO, WHO Africa