Reductions in UK foreign aid will result in thousands more deaths, foreign office ministers warned.

In an internal assessment, Foreign Office ministers were warned that thousands more women would die during pregnancy and childbirth and that hundreds of thousands more would be forced to undergo unsafe abortions as a result of UK aid cuts in 2023–2024.

In its program allocations for the next two years, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) said last month that the amount allocated to Official Development Assistance (ODA) is expected to increase somewhat in 2023–2024 and then by 12% in 2024–2025 to £8.3 billion.

Reductions in funding for programs that expressly target marginalized and vulnerable groups could have an impact on groups with protected characteristics, as demonstrated by a number of examples in the assessment that the International Development Committee (IDC) supplied and published.

It also emphasized the negative effects on women’s health and wellness, which result in unsafe abortions and maternal fatalities.

Regarding women and girls in Afghanistan, it stated: “The FCDO will not be able to support critical services for women and girls due to the scale of the ODA reductions (76%) in Afghanistan.”

The Taliban has placed limitations on women and girls since taking back control, depriving them of their human rights and methodically removing them from public areas.

Therefore, reducing funding would prevent some of the most vulnerable women and girls in the world from receiving necessary treatments.

Regarding Pan African sexual and reproductive health rights, it stated: “WISH (Women’s Integrated Sexual Health Program) spending reductions will result in a 60% reduction in program outcomes for women and girls.

According to the report, “the number of maternal deaths averted will drop from 2,531 to just over 1,000; the number of unsafe abortions averted will drop from nearly 300,000 to approximately 115,000; and the amount of conjugal years of protection (CYPs) provided will drop from nearly 3 million to approximately 1.1 million.”

According to the analysis, there will be fewer avoidable deaths and a lack of healthcare for half a million women and children in Yemen. If other donors are unable to provide funding, it can harm Yemen’s health services in the long run.

According to a Foreign Office spokesman, UK aid spending is expected to rise to £8.3 billion in the upcoming year. This money will be allocated to programs that safeguard women and girls, solve humanitarian emergencies, and assist the most vulnerable people on the planet, all while providing value for taxpayers.

The budget for low-income nations has to be cut in the near term in order to meet our savings goal, but the next year, it is expected to nearly double for these countries—including those in Africa, where aid would increase from £646 million to £1.364 billion.

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