$35M for Nigeria – Slowing population growth

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has committed at least of $35 million to support family planning and reproductive health efforts in Nigeria through 2003, the Associated Press reported Aug. 27.

The announcement coincided with President Clinton’s visit to Nigeria, where he highlighted critical health issues facing Africa.

The foundation’s pledge will help fund efforts by Nigeria’s newly established democratic government to slow population growth and extend access to family planning and reproductive health services to underserved communities.

Rapid population growth has long undermined the development of Nigeria, in spite of its generous supply of natural resources, experts say.

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