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FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health


The International Development Committee is to assess whether UK aid spent by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on sexual and reproductive health programmes in lower-income countries could be targeted more effectively.

The new inquiry, launching on International Women’s Day, will consider whether the FCDO’s work has been sufficiently responsive to the needs of these communities. Access to sexual and reproductive health services in lower-income countries was severely disrupted by the covid-19 pandemic.

Evidence to the Committee suggests that cuts to the UK’s aid budget have had an immediate and significant impact on this area of the FCDO’s work, despite a commitment in the Government’s International Development Strategy (2022) to “drive progress on universal, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights including on the fight to end female genital mutilation and other harmful practices.”

This inquiry will range across support for the provision and delivery of family planning education, contraceptive supplies and healthcare services to maternity services and support for new-born babies, including preventable deaths. The inquiry will consider whether the FCDO is reaching all communities, including LGBT+ people.

Call for evidence: FCDO's approach to sexual and reproductive health