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Reproductive Health Services

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development pursuant to his reply of 16 July 2003, Official Report, column 332W, what percentage of the money spent on reproductive health services, is being spent on (a) HIV/AIDS programmes and (b) family planning; and in which countries. [130514]

The Department for International Development spent £31 million in 2002–03 on activities within the Sector-Wide Approaches (SWAPS) that had support for reproductive health services as one of their objectives (the reply of 16 July 2003, Official Report, column 332W refers).The breakdown is as follows:

CountryTitleExpenditure 2002–03 (£)
GhanaHealth Grant3,500,000
MalawiHealth SWAP163,126
MozambiqueEssential Medicines4,700,000
TanzaniaHealth Sector Programme9,489,992
ZambiaHealth SWAP7,621,863
BangladeshSHAPLA1 WB Time Slicing5,000,000
CambodiaHealth Sector Support226,835
1 Support for Health and Population for the Less Advanced Programme: World Bank Time Slicing.
DFID support for reproductive health is wide ranging. It covers HIV/AIDS programmes, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and maternal and adolescent health. Reproductive health also encompasses the services for family planning, contraception and childbearing that make an important contribution to increasing women's choice and opportunity and to preventing unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. Family planning services also provide an important opportunity to improve sexual health and in particular to increase women's access to methods that help prevent HIV infection. The £31 million expenditure for 2003–03 cannot therefore be apportioned between HIV/AIDS and Family Planning, as many reproductive health programmes and projects contribute to both objectives (for example through the provision of information on family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention or the provision of condoms).The figures above include only the DFID contributions to SWAPS. If our other expenditure on Reproductive Health and HIV,'AIDS (for example through multilateral organisations) were included the amounts would be considerably higher.