Developing Countries: Health Services

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 18th September 2020.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will ensure that child health remains a strategic priority for his Department.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is a leading player in global health and remains committed to supporting child health interventions as part of our manifesto commitment to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children by 2030.

The UK will be working to strengthen and improve countries' health systems so that children and parents can access healthcare, have access to clean water, and have nutritious diets.

To deliver on our commitment we will work across different dimensions of child health, including providing funding for research and development, supporting nutrition and water and sanitation interventions to prevent malnutrition and diarrhoea, and ensuring children in the poorest countries have access to the life-saving vaccines that children in the richest countries routinely receive. For example, the UK has pledged £1.65 billion, the equivalent of £330 million per year, to support Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance's goal to immunise a further 300 million children and save up to 8 million lives.

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