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Africa: Malaria

International Development written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which individuals and organisations were consulted prior to the Prime Minister's announcement of the provision of 20 million bed nets to tackle malaria in Africa; and what (a) his Department's and (b) the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit's role was in the development of the policy.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) consulted several organisations prior to the Prime Minister's announcement on the provision of 20 million bed nets, including Malaria No More, experts at UNICEF and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Simultaneously DFID sought the views of its health advisers based in country offices in Africa and Asia.

Responsibility in Whitehall for UK support to developing countries in responding to malaria rests with DFID. The Prime Minister's office was consulted throughout. The Delivery Unit was not involved in the development of the policy.

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