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Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what discussions he has had with the government of Malawi regarding the treatment of AIDS patients in the Queen Elizabeth Teaching Hospital in Blantyre. [116407]

DFID's development programme in Malawi has a substantial focus on HIV/AIDS but Queen Elizabeth Hospital is not targeted specifically. £10 million is provided to support the provision of sexual and reproductive health services through a local non-governmental organisation (Banja la Mtsogolo) in which HIV/AIDS counselling for young people and other vulnerable groups is a key component. A further £3.5 million is planned to help improve effectiveness of the National AIDS Commission. £1.9 million has been allocated to improve DFID's response to HIV/AIDS in sectors other than health, and to strengthen the capacity of other donors to implement AIDS programmes.