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By Sandra Birungi

Melinda Gates, wife to Bill Gates pledged to sponsor

the campaign which is aimed at increasing the accessibility of contraceptives in the poor countries in the country.

Melinda Gates pledged to pay $560m during a London Summit on Family Planning which launched a program to extend the family planning services to an estimated 120 million women around the world by 2020.

The pledges totaled to $4.3m from British government and leaders from African nations. There is an estimated 220 million women around the world who want access to family planning services. It is believed that by the end of this year, 80 million pregnancies in developing countries will be unintended

While speaking at the summit, Gates said, “When I travel and talk to women around the world they tell me that access to contraceptives can often be the difference between life and death,” Gates said. “Today is about listening to their voices, about meeting their aspirations, and giving them the power to create a better life for themselves and their families,” she added.

Simply sustaining the current use of contraceptives by 260 million women in the 69 poorest countries over the next eight years will cost about $10 billion.