Africa: Gynaecology

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he plans to take to improve access to safe gynaecological care in Africa as part of his Department’s Women and Girls Strategy.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is proud to defend and promote comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), as outlined in the May 2022 International Development Strategy and in the upcoming 2022 Women and Girls Strategy. Supporting safe gynaecological care in Africa is a critical element of the UK's commitment to help end the preventable deaths of mothers and babies by 2030.

UK supports these efforts through diplomacy, technical and policy engagement, and through investments and partnerships. The Women's Integrated Sexual Health programme delivers voluntary family planning services and SRHR across 17 African countries. The UK also supports countries to strengthen their health systems to deliver life-saving maternal, reproductive and child health services including through the Global Financing Facility and Reproductive Health Supplies programmes, and global partnerships such as the family planning partnership - FP2030 and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

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