Infectious Diseases: Disease Control

Department for International Development written question – answered on 12th May 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has to help support increased resilience to global health pandemics in (a) low and (b) middle income countries.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Global health security is underpinned by strong national health systems and international cooperation. The UK is helping low and middle-income countries through building strong and resilient health systems, which are well prepared and can protect people from health threats, including potential pandemic diseases. The UK is a top donor to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme, which leads the WHO's work on supporting the world to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks. We also fund the Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa programme, the International Health Regulations Strengthening Project, delivered by Public Health England, and the UK Emergency Medical Team to train and deploy emergency response personnel to urgently respond to humanitarian emergencies. The UK also invests significantly in new technology, products and research for disease control, prevention and treatment.

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