The UN agency responsible for ending deaths in childbirth is facing a $140m (£98m) shortfall in its budget this year, putting the lives of tens of thousands of women at risk.
The UN population fund, UNFPA, had been expecting about $482m (£335m) from member states this year for its core budget, which funds operational costs. But huge cuts from some of the agency’s largest donors means it will now receive around $340m (£237m).
If cuts continue, says the agency, the shortfall could increase to more than $500m (£348m) over the next four years.
The impact of this year’s shortfall could result in the closure of 80 clinics staffed by midwives in Afghanistan while in Mozambique, the cuts will slow down its family planning programmes, which aim to reduce almost 1 billion unintended pregnancies by 2020."
Read article by Liz Ford from The Guardian.