Bangladesh

International Development written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on social protection programmes intended to improve nutritional outcomes for (a) children and (b) pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in Bangladesh in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010 and (iv) 2011; and what his Department's assessment was of the effect of such programmes.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The UK funds three programmes in Bangladesh with elements of social protection that improve nutritional outcomes. These programmes target households including women and children, and total expenditure over the last four financial years was:

    £ million
(i) 2008-09 33.5
(ii) 2009-10 31.4
(iii) 2010-11 44.7
(iv) 2011-12 (1)34.5
(1) Estimate

These programmes improved the nutritional status of mothers and reduced acute malnutrition, stunting and anaemia in under fives. A new programme will give direct nutrition support to over half a million extreme poor women, children and adolescent girls.

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