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South Asia: Family Planning

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 1 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provides to reproductive health programmes in South Asia. (123040)

In India, DFID has committed £252 million to the second Reproductive and Child Health Programme (RCH2) from 2006-11. This includes a major component of family planning and other reproductive health services, and gives priority to the poorest States. In addition, DFID’s support to health in the four focus states (West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh) includes significant support for reproductive health services.

In Bangladesh, DFID has committed £100 million for a period of five years (2006-11) to the government-led Health Nutrition and Population Sector Programme. Reproductive Health is a central element of the programme’s essential service delivery component. DFID is also proposing a five year commitment to a United Nations maternal and neonatal programme targeting up to 47 million people, and focusing on improving maternal health services particularly for poor and excluded people.

In Pakistan, DFID has committed £7.5 million over five years (2003-07) to a joint reproductive health commodities social marketing programme with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). DFID has committed £68.5 million, including technical assistance, between 2002 and 2006 for the National Health Facility, of which approximately £41 million is for reproductive health services. This national programme includes family planning; female health workers whose role includes providing community based family planning, and some population welfare which includes reproductive health. DFID’s £90 million support to the maternal and newborn health programme 2006-11 includes reproductive and maternal health initiatives.

In Nepal, DFID funds the national safe motherhood programme (£20 million from 2005 to 2010). DFID provided £11 million for family planning commodities through the UNFPA between 1997 and 2006.