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UK government's cut in aid budget to affect public health of South Asian countries


Nepalnews
2021 Jun 16, 14:17, Kathmandu
Britain’s chief Brexit minister said on Tuesday that relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union have suffered from turbulence.

The British government has decreased the assistance budget it has been providing to the public health sector of South Asian countries including Nepal as well as other countries at a time when the world is facing a COVID-19 pandemic.

The British government slashed its aid budget by around 100 million US dollars, which it had been supporting through International Planned Parenthood Federation. The Family Planning Association of 141 countries of the world including Family Planning Association of Nepal is associated with the Federation.

With this, adolescents of marginalized communities, youths, and women of these countries would now be deprived of sexual and reproductive health as well as projects related to the sexual and reproductive health sector would be closed in these countries.

Manager of FPAN, Dr Naresh Pratap KC, with the British government’s decision of cutting down the aid budget, the access projects being implemented by the Federation have now reached the stage of closure.

Around 120,000 people of marginalized and risk communities especially in humanitarian disaster areas would be directly affected by sexual and reproductive health.

DR KC shared that FPAN would continue its sexual and reproductive health service till its availability of means, resources, and capacity.

American President Joe Biden had recently decided to rescind the ‘Global Gag Rule’ policy of sexual and reproductive health. Soon after this decision, the United Kingdom decided to cut the aid budget it has been providing South Asian countries in the public health sector.

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