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A group of 25 global health and economics experts (including us) recently came together to develop such a strategy. In a yearlong process, the group identified the tools, systems and financing that would be needed to achieve global health convergence and produced Global Health 2035 – an ambitious investment blueprint that would save millions of lives and bolster human welfare, productivity and economic growth.As it stands, more than 220 million women worldwide lack access to modern contraception – an inexcusable situation, given that scaling up family planning would be remarkably simple and inexpensive.The Guttmacher Institute estimates that fully meeting women's need for contraception would prevent 600,000 newborn deaths and 500,000 child deaths annually.So, how much would it cost to ensure universal access to modern medicine and health services? Global Health 2035 puts the total at an additional $70 billion dollars annually, with $1 billion of this increase allocated to family planning alone.In fact, the total bill for global health convergence amounts to less than 1 percent of the additional GDP that these countries are expected to generate in the next two decades.
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