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Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid is being made available to the People's Republic of China in regard to the SARS outbreak. [112605]

We will provide around £3.25 million as part of a co-ordinated donor response to help Chinese efforts to deal with SARS. DFID funding is likely to focus in the short term on: support to the Ministry of Health for immediate medical requirements via a World Bank Trust Fund; and strengthening the World Health Organisation in China. In the longer term, it will be important to address health systems and governance issues, particularly as they relate to access to services for the poorest.