Africa: Tobacco

International Development written question – answered on 13th September 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in what programmes his Department plans to participate to reduce the incidence of green tobacco sickness and poisoning from pesticides and fertilisers among child labourers in the African tobacco sector.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) does not support tobacco production.

DFID provides technical and financial support to partner countries to help them tackle their pressing health priorities and strengthen health systems. DFlD's support benefits the capacity of the services to diagnose and treat all diseases, including those which are related to tobacco.

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