All-Party Parliamentary Group on

Population, Development and Reproductive Health

The APPG on PDRH regularly produces study tour-, parliamentary hearings-,  and annual reports  which are listed below (most recent first, publication date in parentheses). An archive of our annual reports and accounts produced each Autumn can be found here.

Publications

Myanmar Study Tour Report.pdf APPG on PDRH - A Childhood Lost.pdf

Report from a cross-party study tour to Myanmar (2013)


From 17th – 25th July 2013 the APPG on PDRH organised a study tour to Myanmar for a cross party UK delegation including Meg Munn MP, John Mann MP, Heather Wheeler MP, Craig Whittaker MP and Baroness Jenkin. The study tour was hosted by Marie Stopes International (MSI) with the aim of introducing UK Members of Parliament to sexual and reproductive health and rights, family planning and international development in the context of a fragile state. The study tour was intended to deepen understanding of core issues, strengthening the MPs’ knowledge and enhancing the membership of the UK APPG on PDRH.


Click here for the full report.

A Childhood Lost: report on child marriage in the UK and the developing world (2012)


Child marriage, which is marriage that takes place before one or both of the spouses has reached adulthood, is a global phenomenon. This is despite the fact that it is illegal according to international – and, in most cases, national – laws. Although it is most prevalent in the developing world, there is increasing evidence of child marriage happening in the UK and other developed Countries. Girls are tricked into being taken from this country by their families to marry men they have never seen. This report tells the story of some of them. In other countries child and forced marriage is widespread and horrifying in its cruelty in some cases. Our report has put on record the suffering of these girls and has heard from many specialists in the field on the causes in families and society of this practice.


Click here for the full report.

APPG on PDRH - Parliamentary Hearings on FGM.pdf

Parliamentary Hearings on Female Genital Mutilation (2000)


This report is based on the Parliamentary Hearings on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health. The hearings were held on 23rd and 24th May 2000 in the Palace of Westminster. The first Hearing was for witnesses from the UK and covered issues such as training, the effectiveness of the law against FGM, support services and care available and work with community based organizations. The second day of the Hearings was for witnesses from Europe and beyond and covered activities in other EU countries with migrant populations who are likely to practice FGM. Evidence was also taken from the TOSTAN project in Senegal, RAINBO and the UNFPA.


Click here for the full report.

Click here for the survey results and analysis


Report from a cross-party study tour to Nepal (2011)


The UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health in collaboration with International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International (MSI) and their Nepal partners organised a study tour to Nepal, 19th – 26th February 2011. The study tour was funded by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development and aimed to introduce new UK MPs to sexual and reproductive health and rights and international development, and subsequently to become active members of the UK APPG on PDRH. The delegation, led by Baroness Tonge, Chair of the UK APPG on PDRH, consisted of two new Conservative MPs Heather Wheeler and David Morris.


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Better Off Dead? A report on maternal morbidity (2009)


The UK APPG on PDRH would like to introduce you to a little known, little researched, and little understood topic: maternal morbidity. The definition is disputed, but the term roughly means women’s illnesses and injuries related to pregnancy and childbirth. It leaves 10 – 20 million women and girls every year with long-term physical, psychological, social and economic problems. Many women are abandoned, ostracised and alone. The group held Hearings into maternal morbidity on 8th – 9th December 2008, in response to members’ quest for information, on this often neglected subject.


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Return of the Population Growth Factor: its impact upon the Millennium Development Goals (2007)


In 2000 the United Nations set eight Goals for global development, to be achieved by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The MDGs made no reference to population growth and gave no recognition of its impact. The Group initiated these parliamentary hearings because many of the countries with the greatest levels of poverty and greatest need to achieve the MDGs also have high birth rates and rapidly growing populations. The inquiry called for empirical evidence from professional, academic and institutional sources worldwide, asking whether growing populations were affecting achievement of the MDGs. This report and the conclusions and recommendations are based on the statistics and views presented during these hearings.


Click here for the full report.

Click here for a summary of the report.

The Missing Link! Parliamentary hearings linking sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS (2004)


Sexual and Reproductive ill health accounts for one-third, of the global burden of disease, amongst women of reproductive age, and one-fifth of the burden of disease among the population overall. Regrettably, sexual and reproductive health specialists have not taken a leading role in the fight against HIV/AIDS and many donor countries have prioritised HIV/AIDS at the expense of sexual and reproductive health. The failure of both the sexual and reproductive health and donor communities to work together, in the struggle to overcome HIV/AIDS, is the reason for this report. Why did this happen? What can Sexual and Reproductive Health bring to the fight against HIV/AIDS given that current international and national efforts have failed to prevent the epidemic? The APPG on PDRH decided to investigate what happened to the link between Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS and what has been missed as a result?


Click here for the full report.

Report from a cross-party study tour to China (2002)


During the UK International Development Bill debate, amendments were proposed that restricted UK's assistance to the largest international organisations working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights namely UNFPA and IPPF. Both organisations promote and ensure that individuals/couples have access to quality sexual and reproductive health care services worldwide. Amendments were proposed on the grounds that UK Government funding to UNFPA and IPPF perpetuate coercive population control practices such as forced abortion, forced sterilisation and infanticide in countries such as China. The study tour aimed for UK MP's to be informed of China's current population and reproductive health policies and programme work and UNFPA's work in China.


Click here for the full report.

APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health

Secretariat address:

Room LG05, Fielden House, House of Lords, London SW1P 3SH

Patient empowerment: for better quality, more sustainable health services globally (2014)


The result of a partnership by six All-Party Parliamentary Groups, this report takes a global perspective on how to empower patients to play a more active role in their care. Drawing lessons from over 100 innovative case studies submitted to the review, it outlines how much the UK has to learn from high, middle and low income countries – and how these lessons should be applied. At the same time, the report also highlights the UK’s strengths, its important role historically in supporting the global patient empowerment agenda, and how it can continue to play a leading role internationally.


Click here for the full report.

Return of the Population Growth Factor: its impact upon the Millennium Development Goals - Report update summary (2009)


A report on the impact of global population growth on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) was published by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health in 2007 (see below). In 2009 the report was updated to reflect more recent estimates for global population growth and its impact.


Click here for the summary of the update report.

Click here for a list of the updated charts and figures.

Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals (2015)


The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health decided to host a series of parliamentary hearings to draw attention to the role of population dynamics in achieving sustainable development, and its interplay with climate change and with conflict. The Hearings called for evidence from governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutions and individuals. This report and its recommendations are based on the evidence submitted to the Hearings.


Click here for the full report


Written evidence and transcripts from oral evidence sessions are available here.


Click here for a copy of Steering Committee Chairman Sir Richard Ottaway’s, former MP, 2011 personal report: Sex, Ideology, Religion: 10 Myths about World Population Growth

Report from a cross-party study tour to Malawi (2003)


From the 10th - 19th May 2003, four Members of Parliament (Martin Jones, Jenny Tonge, Candy Atherton and Sandra Osborne) travelled to Malawi to examine the reproductive health service programmes provided by MSI. The MPs visited Malawian ministries, plantation workers and medical facilities.


Click here for the full report.

Report from a cross-party study tour to Sri Lanka (2016)


From 11th – 17th November 2015 the APPG on PDRH organised a study tour to Sri Lanka for a cross-party UK delegation including Baroness Jenny Tonge, Heather Wheeler MP, Baroness Anne Jenkin, Holly Lynch MP, Virendra Sharma MP, Nigel Evans MP, Lord David Steel and Karl Turner MP. The study tour was hosted by the FPA Sri Lanka, the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) member association in Sri Lanka. The study tour aimed to introduce UK Parliamentarians to family planning, sexual and reproductive health and rights and international development in the context of a post-conflict state. The study tour was intended to deepen understanding of core issues, strengthening the Parliamentarians’ knowledge and enhancing the membership of the UK APPG on PDRH.


Click here for the full report.

Report from a cross-party study tour to Greece (2016)


The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health organised a study tour to Athens, Greece 3rd- 4th December 2016, with a cross party UK parliament delegation. The delegation included: Baroness Jenny Tonge, Baroness Jenkin, Baroness Barker, Baroness Uddin, Baroness Northover, Baroness Hodgson and Lord Purvis.

The study tour was co-hosted by UNFPA with support from Merck & Co (MSD) Greece. The aim of the study tour was to strengthen UK Parliamentarians knowledge of family planning , sexual and reproductive health and rights service provisions in refugee settings and enhance the membership of the UK APPG on PDRH.


Click here for the full report.

Report from a cross-party study tour to Sierra Leone (2016)


The UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health organised a study tour to Sierra Leone, 5th – 13th November for a cross party UK parliament delegation. The delegation included: Baroness Jenny Tonge, Liz McInnes MP, Baroness Sheehan and Lord Hussain.  The study tour was hosted by UNFPA, Sierra Leone.  The aim of the study tour was to introduce and strengthen UK Parliamentarians knowledge on core Family Planning (FP)/Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) issues and to enhance the membership of the UK APPG on PDRH.


Clikc here for the full report



 

The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health hosted parliamentary hearings on abortion in the developing world and the UK.  The  hearing report will be launched in 2018.


The submitted written evidence  from organisations and individuals are  available here.