New One Dollar Contraceptive Shot for Women in Developing Countries Announced

Ben Tufft, Independent, November 16, 2014

Women in 69 of the world’s poorest countries will have access to an injectable contraceptive shot priced at just $1.

The move to expand access to the contraceptive was announced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the Children’s Investment Fund last week.

Sayana Press, the official name of the injection system, will be sold to registered purchasers, enabling some of the poorest women in the world to buy the device at a reduced cost or receive it free.

The contraceptive is based on technology that was used to give Hepatitis B inoculations in Indonesia and was first used for contraception in Burkina Faso.

The single-use, prefilled, non-reusable device cuts the risk of infection due to needle sharing and is effective for three months.

Its simplicity means health workers can easily administer it in a range of settings, including in rural homes.

Dr Chris Elias, head of the global development programme at the Gates Foundation said: “When women are able to plan their families, they are more likely to survive pregnancy and child birth, to have healthier newborns and children, and to invest more in their families’ health and wellbeing.

He added: “We are proud to be part of this innovative public-private collaboration that will help more women around the world–even in remote areas–plan their lives and their futures.”

Among women in developing countries, injectable contraceptives are a widely-used family planning method–in poorer countries the lifetime risk of death due to a maternal cause can be as high as one in 15.

Justine Green, the International Development Secretary, said: “Access to modern, safe and reliable family planning methods is vital in helping women to control their lives and their futures.

“Without the ability to choose when they have children and how many they have, too often women lose the opportunity to participate fully in their economies and societies.”

The announcement comes as the Gates Foundation released its annual letter, in which Bill Gates wrote that the idea that saving lives will lead to overpopulation is a myth.

Instead, he said that basic health, prosperity, equality and access to contraceptives were essential to secure a sustainable world.

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  • DaveMed

    I think this qualifies as MekongDelta’s feel-good story of the week.

    • WR_the_realist

      It’s my feel good story, but watch Alex Jones describe this as another evil racist plot by the elites to depopulate the globe.

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

        by the German Death Cult ®.


      • Pathfinder75

        That is likely to be a paranoid conspiracy theory promoted by the Rick Santorum types,as well.

  • My kingdom for a lifetime supply of these for every third worlder…

    • Anglokraut

      Their numbers wouldn’t be a problem now if we had stopped feeding them ages ago.

      • Who Me?

        I remember those “Feed the children” ads from when I was a little kid. They running them and I’m 58 years old now. Looks like the same starving kids in the same mud huts with the same flies on their faces, too.

        • WR_the_realist

          The more we feed the more survive to reproductive age.
          The more survive to reproductive age the more children they breed.
          The more children they breed the more starving kids we have.
          The more starving kids we have the more weepy advertisements telling us to feed the poor third worlders.

    • Pathfinder75

      Or,at the very least,everyone in Mexico,Central America,and Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • dd121

    For less than a buck you could distribute little packets of ebola powder.

  • Bring some of these doses to the Fergaza Strip. STAT~!

    Also I’m glad to see that Bill Gates is doing something useful for once, compared to his life’s usual habits of engineering and abusing monopoly power, developing the latest education scheme du jour then bribing just about everyone to support it, spending his mostly ill-gotten gain to lobby for amnesty/open borders/immigration surge/cheap labor.

    • none of your business

      Windows 8-1 is the most horrible system ever created. My WI-FI adapter has just disabled itself and I am supposed to call the manufacture on how to re create it. Windows 8 was put on the market to force people to buy Windows 10 and for no other reason. And his stock pays a dividend of about $1.30 per year per share.

      • Who Me?

        Oh gee, thanks! Now you tell me. I just bought a windows 8.1 set-up on Saturday because my old Vista finally died. I was hoping this would fix most of the problems I had with Vista, which had to have been devised by the Devil. Why can’t they bring back something like xp, which was, if nothing else, at least idiot-proof.

  • Max

    Let’s urge congress to support THIS war with $billions that they’ll save on food, vaccines and wasted education.

  • Luca

    This is the only foreign aid that makes any sense what-so-ever.

  • Yves Vannes

    Too bad it’s not a $1 sterilization shot.

    • Anglokraut

      Does such a shot even exist?

      • Yves Vannes

        Unfortunately, no.

      • Ike Eichenberg

        12 gauge to the nads should take care of it for less than a buck.

  • superlloyd

    The first sensible foreign aid plan for Africa in over 50 years.

    • none of your business

      3 months. Unfortuantely it has to be re injected every 3 months

  • B.A_2014

    I nominated this article. It seems self loathing liberal Bill and Melinda are unintentionally doing we Europeans a massive favour. Maybe they are secret Amren readers.

  • Drifter745

    Wasted money. They won’t use it.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    I wish they would put that stuff in junk food.


  • The Dude

    Great! Thanks, Bill and Melinda Gates!

  • LHathaway

    Not to put a damper on this but who is paying the one dollar?

  • RacialRay

    McDonald’s announces the newest addition to its wildly popular Dollar Menu…

  • Malgus

    Too bad they can’t combine this with say…. a Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom dart gun…


    Conjures up all sorts of scenarios…. Marlin Perkins in a helicopter high above as Jim closes with his target…

    • Max

      I remember Jim having to wrestle some of those animals. Not an attractive prospect. Remember Mc Donalds?

  • none of your business

    At the same time the Gates Foundation supplies birth control that only lasts 3 months, they are feeding and medicating the babies that are born so the population will increase anyway.

  • andyrwebman

    The solution to many of the issues you mention would be to hand out aid in regular intervals with the shots. 1 month’s food = 1 shot, the first not given unless the second is taken.