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Developing Countries: Health

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what evaluation the Government have commissioned of the potential contribution of health links to the development of best practice. (176801)

No evaluation has yet been commissioned by the Department for International Development or the Department of Health on this topic. We anticipate carrying out an evaluation within the next three months.

There are many positives to be taken from links and twinning, but also concerns about overall effectiveness in some countries. The Crisp report has helpfully identified some areas for the UK to support developing countries in capacity strengthening. The Inter-Ministerial Group on Global Health will shortly issue the Government’s response to Lord Crisp’s report which will outline how the recommendations will be taken forward.