Developing Countries: Children

Department for International Development written question – answered on 6th December 2017.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress is being made in ending preventable child deaths by 2030 as set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK Government has committed to saving 1.4 million children’s lives by immunising 76 million children against killer diseases by 2020. Through The Ross Fund we are leading a major new global research programme. This will accelerate the development of vaccines and drugs to eliminate some of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, as well as saving lives from malaria and TB.

DFID supports countries to build stronger health systems, which will be able to respond to the existing disease burden and emerging health issues.

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