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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on proposals to extend the responsibilities of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to include (a) maternal health, (b) sexual and reproductive health and rights and (c) health overall; and if he will make a statement.
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) is already having an impact on maternal mortality and sexual and reproductive health through, for example; increasing access to HIV testing and counselling; prevention of mother-child transmission (PMTCT); and other preventative measures, such as distribution of condom and education materials.
GFATM is also working with international partners to ensure support provided to strengthen health systems in developing countries is effective and improves health outcomes in those countries.
The Global Fund is currently preparing an analysis of its activities and their contribution to the millennium development goals. The Department for International Development will consider this assessment and discuss with GFATM how its work can be strengthened.