Melinda Gates speaking at the opening of the London Summit on Family Planning

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    "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.

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