Health – France’s contribution to improving women’s health (May 23, 2016)

On this International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, France notes that it is actively participating in this effort. Some 50,000 to 100,000 women suffer from this condition each year, with a total of more than 2 million untreated cases worldwide.

In 2016, we will focus in particular on the sexual and reproductive health of teens and young people, on nutrition, and on strengthening healthcare systems. France will contribute 10 million euros to the Muskoka Fund, a joint program operated by four UN agencies (WHO, UNFPA, UN WOMEN, and UNICEF).

From 2011 to 2015, the 91.25 million euros raised by the fund helped strengthen access to quality obstetric care and prevent premature pregnancies and traditional practices harmful to women’s health in 10 French-speaking countries of central and western Africa.