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Health Care Drugs

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

12. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the supply of health care drugs to the developing world from G8 countries; and if he will make a statement. (96581)

The World Health Organisation estimates that one third of the world’s population is without access to medicines, including the supply of drugs.

DFID are supporting a number of global initiatives such as the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), UNITAID and advance market commitments for vaccines.

DFID helps to fund the broader health sector plans of developing country governments. Our programmes will build capacity in countries’ own health services to manage all major causes of illness including the provision of drugs and other supplies.