Women and girls living in urban slums in Africa and Asia lack access to contraception, leading to unintended pregnancies that perpetuate urban poverty, impede gender equity, increase maternal and child mortality, and contribute to climate change through unsustainable growth. TCIHC’s solution lets cities self-select to participate and leverage their own resources. In return, TCIHC provides additional funding, real-time monitoring and coaching on evidence-based solutions that can be rapidly scaled for impact and sustainability. The United Nations projects that by 2050, nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, with 90% of that urbanization occurring in Africa and Asia and concentrated in urban slums. Those living in slums are often overlooked – unintentionally undercounted and unrecognized by development efforts. With an additional $100 million, TCIHC will expand its reach to 100 cities in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Senegal, the Philippines and Tanzania and provide four million additional women with contraceptives.
Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Healthwebsite: https://www.gatesinstitute.org
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