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Developing Countries: Health Services

International Development written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Tony Cunningham Tony Cunningham Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries her Department is supporting in the training, recruitment and retention of health workers.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The UK is strongly committed to strengthening health systems and to supporting health workers as part of this. Our commitment to help save the lives of at least 50,000 women during pregnancy and childbirth and 250,000 newborn babies needs skilled health workers in the right place at the right time. DFID's support in 28 countries includes assistance to strengthening the health work force including increasing the number of posts filled by trained health workers, such as nurses, birth attendants and midwives trained in emergency obstetric care. In Ethiopia, DFID support is helping scale up access to health care through increasing the numbers of community health workers across the country, including in remote areas. In Nepal, DFID is working with the Government to develop a strategic plan guiding investment in the health work force.

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