The budget that the government allocated last year for She Decides – to preserve family planning services – has benefited women in a number of countries, including Ethiopia, Yemen, Mali, Bangladesh and Mozambique. She Decides has also supported several programmes covering multiple countries, such as the West African region as a whole. The Netherlands is spending a total of €29 million on She Decides in 2017 and 2018.
Between now and 2013, the Netherlands will invest €163.5 million in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. On Monday 11 July, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen spoke with Professor Michel Kazatchkine, the executive director of the Fund, about the Netherlands’ contribution.
Mr Knapen expressed his appreciation for the good results the Fund has achieved, due in part to Dutch support. The Fund’s programmes are estimated to have saved more than 6.5 million lives over the past 10 years.