State spent more than $94 million a year on condoms, contraceptives

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The State Department's international aid branch is bidding to prevent 54 million births and help 6 million people with HIV/AIDS in 80 countries annually via a smorgasbord of tools from medicines, the pill, IUDs, and condoms scented to smell like banana, vanilla and strawberry.

In documents broadly outlining what USAID plans to buy and distribute overseas to help with birth control, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other issues, the taxpayer-funded agency revealed its population control and HIV/AIDS prevention agenda.

Under President Obama’s “Global Health Initiative,” for example, the “goal is to prevent 54 million unintended pregnancies and increase the modern contraceptive prevalence up to two percentage points annually on average across assisted countries.”

Poor countries are the priority in the program to help people “determine the spacing of their children and family size.”

No total price was provided in the USAID documents to suppliers, which amount to an alert of future buys in the supply chain. But USAID wants mosquito nets, contraceptive implants, injectable contraceptives, intrauterine devices, oral contraceptives, female condoms, and differing sizes, colors and scents of male condoms for several projects under its umbrella.

USAID said it "delivered" $376.4 million between 2006 and 2010 in contraceptives and condoms, or more than $94 million a year, fulfilling the agency’s motto, “From the American people.” Said the documents, "These efforts have contributed to substantial increases in the percentage of women using modern contraceptives in USAID priority countries and have translated to improved maternal and child health, family well-being, women's empowerment, poverty reduction and elevated development prospects."

The documents also showed that Obama plans to increase spending overseas to fight AIDS, having decided to supply medicine to six million by the end of 2015, “two million more people than the administration’s original goal.”

It is an extension of a large and successful program established by former President George W. Bush.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.