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Developing Countries: Contraceptives

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 38452, tabled on 21 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic UNFPA Global Response Plan, what steps her Department is taking to (a) work with the United Nations Population Fund to secure the supply of reproductive health products and (b) ensure that women and girls in developing countries continue to have access to (i) contraception and (ii) safe abortion throughout the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

27 April 2020

Women and girls will be significantly impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. As UNFPA’s largest donor and a key advocate of the empowerment of women and girls including their sexual and reproductive health and rights, DFID is working closely with UNFPA to ensure continued access to reproductive health products and services.

Through the UK’s existing support to UNFPA, including the UNFPA Supplies programme (£425 million between 2020-2025) the UK is providing high quality family planning and essential life-saving maternal health medicines to those in need, including commodities required for post-abortion care and medical abortions where it is legal.

Recognising the needs of women and girls impacted by COVID-19, DFID has also committed £10 million of UK emergency funding to UNFPA through the Global Humanitarian Response Plan. This funding will help maintain the supply of reproductive health commodities, including contraception, to ensure continued access for women and girls. Furthermore, the funding will maintain access for women and girls to life-saving sexual and reproductive health services as well as gender-based violence services for those in need.