Africa and Asia: Malnutrition

Department for International Development written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to introduce programmes to tackle malnutrition in refugee children in (a) Asia and (b) Africa.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is committed to supporting refugees and we remain at the forefront of responding to refugee crises. From Uganda and Ethiopia to Bangladesh, UK support is tackling malnutrition in tens of thousands of refugee children and young people around the world.

Since 2015 DFID has reached 60.3 million people with nutrition services in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, Somalia, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Yemen. This includes supporting life-saving treatment for children with acute malnutrition, targeted nutrition support for pregnant and breastfeeding women and investments to monitor the severity of malnutrition to enable earlier action to prevent people dying of this preventable condition.

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