Yemen: Overseas Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to help improve the provision of (a) reproductive health and (b) gender-based violence prevention services in Yemen.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

As part of its £96.5 million of funding to UNICEF in Yemen over the coming three years, the UK will support 800,000 people with reproductive health services. This includes support for over 300,000 people with family planning advice, 292,000 women with antenatal check-ups and 117,000 women during childbirth.

The UK is also supporting measures to prevent violence against women and girls in Yemen as part of its £13 million of funding this financial year (2018/2019) for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Office for Migration.

These measures include medical support, legal services and psychosocial counselling to over 1,700 female sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) survivors in Yemen, as well as the establishment of twelve gender specific community-based committees to work on SGBV prevention.

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