London Summit on Family Planning Begins to Make Waves

March 5, 2013 • Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, Africa, Asia/Pacific, Daily Email Recap

London Summit on Family Planning Begins to Make Waves

An unprecedented group of public and private sector partners has finalized an agreement that will make Jadelle, an effective, long-acting, reversible contraceptive implant, available to more than 27 million women in the world’s poorest countries at a more than 50 percent price reduction over the next six years.

The Jadelle Access Program – developed and supported through a partnership between Bayer HealthCare AG, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the Governments of Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and Sweden, and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – builds on momentum generated at the July 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, where global leaders pledged to provide an additional 120 million women in developing countries with contraceptive access by 2020. It also supports the recommendations of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities by helping to shape global markets in order to increase the availability of quality, life-saving commodities at an optimal price and volume.

Under the signed agreement, Bayer is reducing the current price of its contraceptive implant, Jadelle, from US$18 to US$8.50 per unit, effective 1 January 2013, in more than 50 countries globally, including those deemed least likely by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health by 2015. The device, which has been pre-qualified by the World Health Organization (WHO) since September 2009, provides effective contraception for women for up to five years.

“Innovation is the key to our commercial success and at the same time the basis of our social commitment,” said Dr. Jörg Reinhardt, Chief Executive Officer of Bayer HealthCare AG. “We are delighted to make our life-enhancing products accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of their income or where they live, thus making a substantial contribution to improving the health of women and children in developing countries.”

When fully implemented, the Jadelle Access Program will avert more than 28 million unintended pregnancies between 2013 and 2018, and, ultimately, prevent approximately 280,000 infant and 30,000 maternal deaths. In total, the program will save an estimated US$250 million in global health costs.

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