International Development written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Ben Chapman Ben Chapman Labour, Wirral South

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to improve education on HIV/AIDS in developing countries.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

Prevention is absolutely crucial if we are to stop and reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS. Education is central to the Department for International Development's (DFID's) approach, particularly girls' education and improved sexual and reproductive health education for women. We support innovative AIDS education programmes, including a recent £14 million grant to the Soul City programme, a televised soap opera watched by more than 34 million South Africans, now extending to eight countries in southern Africa.

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