Africa: Marburg Virus

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 25 April 2023.

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Photo of Navendu Mishra Navendu Mishra Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what support the Government is providing to (a) Tanzania and (b) other nations affected by the Marburg virus.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

The UK's £340 million of core funding (2020-2024) to the World Health Organization (WHO) helps address UK global priorities, including building resilient health systems around the world, especially in the poorest countries, and helping us prevent and prepare for pandemics.

In Tanzania, the UK is also providing £100,000 through WHO-Tanzania, while the British High Commission chairs the Health Development Partners group that is coordinating donor support for the outbreak response. UK funding is earmarked to help the Tanzanian Ministry of Health enhance surveillance and outbreak investigation, and active case searches in communities and health facilities. Other types of support are also made available. For example, through the WHO's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team deployed a Spanish-speaking epidemiologist to assist with an outbreak of the Marburg virus in Equatorial Guinea in February 2023.

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