Sustainable Development Goals

Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 4:15 pm, 28th January 2015

I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for that. I certainly remember one of the more hair-raising car rides of my life up to the mountains there and seeing the fantastic work that was being done in those areas.

I want to talk more generally now about our priorities. Universal health coverage would reduce inequality and would stop 100 million people a year falling into poverty. Figures from the House of Commons Library show that, unfortunately, this Government have cut bilateral spending on health in Sierra Leone and Liberia from £26 million in 2010 to £16 million this year. Four months ago the International Development Committee criticised DFID, saying:

“The planned termination of further UK funding to the Liberian health sector is especially unwise.”

Lasting health care systems are about more than the delivery of commodities such as vaccines and bed-nets, vital though they are. Despite the progress made over the last decade, HIV and AIDS continue to blight the lives of millions of people. Between 2008 and 2013, Britain gave £40 million to support the work done by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, yet Ministers have slashed that support to £5 million for 2013-18— a massive 87% cut.

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David Britton
Posted on 29 Jan 2015 9:59 am (Report this annotation)

Perhaps she should have stayed at home and watched it on the tele, not waste thousands with her entourage, especially being in opposition