Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire, Conservative)
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.
Alan Duncan (The Minister of State, Department for International Development; Rutland and Melton, Conservative)
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:
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.