To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Centre for Progressive Health Financing (a) has provided to date and (b) plans to provide in the next six months to the six developing countries that pledged to remove health user fees at the Healthy Women, Healthy Children event held in the meeting of the UN General Assembly in September 2009.
The Department for International Development has provided specific technical support on pro-poor health financing to two of the countries that made announcements in September 2009 (Liberia and Sierra Leone). In Nepal, Malawi, Ghana and Burundi, we have continued our support to the health sector, including support to removing financial barriers for the poorest.
I have recently initiated a review of DFID's aid programmes to determine how we can achieve better value for money for the taxpayer and accelerate progress towards the millennium development goals. The way in which we will take forward our support for health financing will be determined as part of this review.