Women queue to receive HIV and cervical cancer counselling and testing, and to learn about family planning services, at a clinic in Kanungu, Uganda, supported by the UNFPA [Image: Omar Gharzeddine/UNFPA].

Women, girls and people fleeing war and persecution will bear the brunt of far-reaching US policy changes likely to be ushered in under Donald Trump, potentially jeopardising the lives of millions of vulnerable people around the world, aid agencies have warned.

The UN Population Fund and Save the Children are among international organisations braced for Trump to sign leaked executive orders that would have a major impact on funding to the UN and support for US refugee resettlement programmes.

Much of the UNFPA’s work takes place in refugee camps, providing much-needed family planning assistance and maternal healthcare. In Jordan’s Zaatari camp, the world’s biggest for Syrian refugees, the agency has helped deliver 7,000 babies without a single maternal death.

But those living in such camps could now suffer a double blow, with support for USAid-funded family planning clinics cut even as the chances of obtaining US refugee status severely decrease.

Having already signed off on a US-Mexico border wall earlier this week, Trump is now expected to sign additional executive orders banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, including Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Source: Trump policy changes would leave lives of millions in balance, agencies warn | Global development | The Guardian

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