International Development written question – answered on 22nd March 2005.

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Photo of Mr Bill Tynan Mr Bill Tynan Labour, Hamilton South

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is giving to the Government of Kyrgyzstan to help it establish a framework for dealing with mentally ill patients in psychiatric institutions.

Mr. Gareth Thomas:

The Department for International Development (DFID) is part of a multi-donor effort to help the Kyrgyz Government develop and fund a health sector strategy for the next 10 years. This comprehensive strategy will include work on mental health.

This assistance is part of DFID's broader programme of support to the Kyrgyz Republic that includes: technical assistance to support the reform of public administration; support for combating HIV/AIDS; strengthening poverty statistics; support for rural livelihoods, water and sanitation.

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