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West Africa

Department for International Development written question – answered on 29th October 2014.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to promote strengthening of the health systems in those countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that, in the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, health services to treat other preventable diseases are not negatively affected.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that, in the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, maternal and childbirth health services are not negatively affected.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for International Development

Ebola has clearly placed a huge strain on the health care system of those countries most affected and the UK is leading the international effort to tackle the disease. However, we recognise that we need to continue to support the health system and mitigate impact on wider health outcomes. The UK is the biggest bilateral donor to Sierra Leone and commenced a major health systems programme in 2012.

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