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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to the public purse will be of the provision of the recently announced 20 million bed nets to tackle malaria in Africa; what the cost per bed bet is; what estimate he has made of the expenditure that will be incurred in (a) administering the programme and (b) distributing the bed nets; whether the Government will meet all the associated costs; and from what budget such funding will be drawn.
On the basis of current prices the Department for International Development (DFID) anticipates that the total costs for the 20 million bed nets over the three-year period 2008-10 will be in the region of £90 million. This estimate is based on a bed net cost of around £2.50 and a further £2 per net for costs of programme administration, distribution and delivery. DFID will support delivery through its country programmes.
In some countries the overhead and delivery costs may be met by other organisations or the recipient Government. The UK's contribution is additional to its contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and UNITAID which should play a central role in supporting provision of bed nets and other essential health commodities and drugs. We also look to these organisations to play a catalytic role in pushing down on prices.