International Affairs Committee (IAC)

The International Affairs Committee works to adapt and translate FSRH products for an international audience to support the delivery of high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare outside the UK.


The IAC was set up by the Council of the Faculty in 2008 to promote the work of the Faculty internationally. This involves, for example, production of a resource pack of training materials and documented Faculty standards (and the possible future translation of these for use in other countries); meeting foreign delegations and attending international study days; liaising with NGO's, professional bodies, international charities and a range of organisations involved in sexual and reproductive healthcare, especially in Europe and the developing world; and advising on clinical research related to international SRH.

International Affairs Committee’s Achievements to date and Plans for 2016

During 2015, the IAC successfully completed the scoping for European qualifications in sexual and reproductive healthcare, and presented and submitted a report on the matter to both FSRH and the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC). The IAC also completed the scoping for nurse training in contraceptive counselling in India's Jharkhand district. This work saw the IAC travel to the area to meet Tata Steel, which is funding the initiative, and the Government of Jharkhand, while the committee also hosted a visit from the Foundation for Research on Community Health, India, with whom we are collaborating on the project.

The IAC submitted module content and structure for the contraception module of the Essential Gynaecological Skills short course being developed by the RCOG, and via the Trainee Representative of the Committee, worked closely with RCOG trainees group on mapping of overseas training placements.

In 2016 we will agree a 5-year strategic plan for the IAC and, in line with the plan, develop, fund and deliver two projects aligned with its strategic direction, in collaboration with appropriate partner organisations.

We will also use the new database and website to document what existing international expertise exists within the membership of FSRH, promoting Affiliate Membership to an international audience to help build new relationships and reach new areas.

Committee Members Names:

  • Chair: Paula Baraitser (Consultant in Sexual Health, Senior Lecturer in Global Health)
  • Sinead Cook (CSRH trainee)
  • Caroline Cooper (Lead Associate Specialist, SRH, Cambridge)
  • Maggie Gurney (Lead Associate Specialist, SRH, Dumfries and Galloway )
  • Julia Hogan (Nurse representative)
  • Ali Kubba (Consultant in SRH)
  • Helen Munro (Associate Specialist, SRH, London)
  • Karin Piegsa (Consultant, SRH, London)
  • Anne Connelly (Officer representative)
  • Sarah Randall (ESC representative)
  • Alison Wright (RCOG Representative)