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International Development: School and NHS Links

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Finlay of Llandaff Baroness Finlay of Llandaff Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much money has been spent by the Department for International Development over the last five years on (a) schools' links with developing countries; (b) higher education links with developing countries; and (c) NHS Links.

Photo of Baroness Vadera Baroness Vadera Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

Over the last five years the Department for International Development (DfID) has spent £8,287,565 on schools' links and £9,000,000 on higher education links with developing countries from its bilateral programme. DfID also assists higher education links through its support for Commonwealth scholarships, totalling nearly £50 million over the last five years.

In support of NHS Links, £500,000 has been allocated to the Developing Global Partnerships to Improve Health Capacity in Less Developed Countries project over the financial years 2006-07 to 2008-09. This funding, through the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), is to support the establishment of links and the capacity-building of existing links, health systems and workers. In addition, as of July 2007, DfID is providing approximately £2 million over two years, through a consortium managed by the Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health, to strengthen health systems in the Somali Republic. The largest component of this support, approximately £1 million, is through THET and King's College Hospital.

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