Melinda Gates speaking at the opening of the London Summit on Family Planning
"This is one of most exciting days of my life. We’re making a historic commitment to improve millions of women's lives.
"Every mother and father wants to bring every good thing to a child before having another."
On 11 July 2012 the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a groundbreaking summit to halve the current number of women and girls in the world's poorest countries without access to contraception, but who wish to avoid pregnancy or space their children.
To find out more: www.dfid.gov.uk/fpsummit
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