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Female Condom Use on the Rise

With the focus on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) this week, data shows an encouraging increase in the number of women taking charge of their sexual health.

Siyabulela Mamkeli, mayoral committee member for health at the City of Cape Town’s the city’s health directorate, says they have noticed an increase in the number of female condoms distributed via its network of clinics and community outreach campaigns.

Lack of Funding Derails Free Condom Programme

According to a report, reduced donor funding has forced the Namibian government to shrink the supply of free condoms, threatening the country's fight against sexually transmitted diseases.
 
A ministry of health and social services study shows free condom distribution has fallen from 25 million condoms five years ago to 15 million in 2011-2012.
 
The supply of female condoms over the same period dropped from 499 000 to 281 000.
 
One of the key donors, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has in the past years scaled back funding.

Procurement Irregularities Put Women’s Lives on the Line

In a month when the internal divisions in the Women’s Sector of the National AIDS Council became public, the Department of Health, National Treasury and Female Condom Manufacturers were back in court wrangling, yet again, over the shady area of female condom procurement. A balancing act that was on the verge of seeing 11 million unqualified female condoms being distributed by the Department of Health and the final tender being awarded to Sekunjalo Investments for the supply of the FC2 Female Condom, all in a competition vacuum that continues to put women’s lives on the line.

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