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FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health

Inquiry

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 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Tuesday 18 April 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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First Report - The FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health
Inquiry FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health
HC 108
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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12 September 2023
Inquiry FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health
Witnesses Mr Andrew Mitchell (Minister of State (Development and Africa) at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)
Oral Evidence
4 July 2023
Inquiry FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health
Witnesses Alice Welbourn (Founding Director at Salamander Trust), Dr Camilla Ducker (Senior Advisor, Global NTD Programme at WHO HQ, Representative for the FGS Integration Group (FIG)), and Ms Fionnuala Murphy (Head of Global Advocacy at Frontline AIDS)
Oral Evidence
4 July 2023
Inquiry FCDO’s approach to sexual and reproductive health
Witnesses Kirsty Smith (Chief Executive Officer at CBM UK), Dr Tsitsi Chataika (CBM Zimbabwe Country Advisory Panel (non-exec role) at CBM UK), Saskia Perriard-Abdoh (Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Kaleidoscope Trust), and Alessandra Aresu (Director, Global Inclusive Health at Humanity & Inclusion)
Oral Evidence
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (SRH0033)
CBM UK (SRH0032)
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (SRH0021)

Other publications

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Contact us

  • Email: indcom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 1223/3285 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 4984 (media enquiries)
  • Address: International Development Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA