West Africa

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the impact of cuts in the United Kingdom’s aid to Sierra Leone and Liberia on the healthcare systems of those countries.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Lords Spokesperson (Women & Equalities), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

Britain is the largest bilateral donor to Sierra Leone and our support has been consistent over this Parliament. We spent £51 million in 2010/11, rising to £68 million in 2013/14. This compares to £44 million in 2009/10. In response to the recent Ebola outbreak the UK is leading the international response and has rapidly scaled up its support for Sierra Leone, committing £125m to contain, control and defeat the disease. This includes a £20 million package of support to improve public services in Sierra Leone.

In 2012, the UK’s share of multilateral spend through the European Development Fund, World Bank, African Development Bank, and GAVI was £18.2 million for Sierra Leone and £14.9 million for Liberia.

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