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Topical Questions

Part of International Development – in the House of Commons on 6th June 2019.

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Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Secretary of State for International Development

I feel a little bit cheeky standing up to answer this question because the Minister of State, Department for International Development, my hon. Friend Harriett Baldwin, made a trip to the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo last week to see the response on the ground. Essentially, there are three issues in relation to Ebola. The first is co-ordination issues for the World Health Organisation. The second is vaccination resources. The third is political issues between communities and the Government of the DRC. We have now put a considerable amount of resources in and we are getting the vaccines in on the ground. We have put more British staff on the ground to ensure that we can work with the UN, and in Kinshasa we are really focusing on ensuring that we can overcome the political problems that are driving communities away from the vaccination programme. It is a huge crisis, but Britain is stepping up and so, I am glad to say, are the United States.