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Ophthalmologists

Volume 19: debated on Monday 1 March 1982

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Fife, Central on 11 February, Official Report, c. 1202, he will list the countries to which the United Kingdom provides ophthalmologists and equipment under the technical co-operation programme; and what is the estimated annual cost of such assistance.

Including the provision of experts, equipment and training, we are currently helping in the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia, St. Helena and Costa Rica, and have recently done so in Honduras, Jamaica and India. The total value of our aid to combat blindness is of the order of £475,000 a year.