Commonwealth: Malaria

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will use the UK's period of time as Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth to ensure that progress is made on the commitment agreed to at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 to halve incidences of malaria by 2023.

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

At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018, the Prime Minister reaffirmed the UK's commitment to fight malaria. She restated our five-year pledge, made in 2016, to spend half a billion pounds a year tackling this disease. We are fulfilling that pledge and, as Chair-in-Office, continue to work with Commonwealth countries and members of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership to achieve the commitment of Commonwealth Heads of Government to halve the incidence of malaria in the Commonwealth by 2023. UK ministers will attend events in the coming months to highlight and accelerate progress towards that goal.

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