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Developing Countries: Health Education

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the UK made to multilateral organisations working on sexual and reproductive health in developing countries in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (197279)

The total UK contributions to key multilateral organisations working in the area of sexual and reproductive health for 2006-07 were as follows:

£ million

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

25.0

UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)

10.0

World Health Organisation (WHO)

59.0

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

24.7

These figures do not include funds channelled directly to the UN for specific country programmes.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to encourage European counterparts to increase their contributions to multilateral organisations working on sexual and reproductive health in developing countries. (197280)

The UK Government regularly encourage European counterparts to increase their investment in multilateral organisations working on sexual and reproductive health.

DFID recently pledged £100 million over five years to UNFPA's Reproductive Health Commodity Supply Programme, to improve the availability of family planning supplies in developing countries. To encourage other development partners to increase their support for UNFPA we are sharing the analytical work on this programme and which shaped our decision to support UNFPA, together with the performance monitoring framework by which we will judge the success of the programme.

At the recent UNFPA informal donors meeting the UK Government also lobbied their development partners for increased investment in sexual and reproductive health.

The UK was the first government donor to support the Safe Abortion Action Fund in 2007, with funding of £4 million. The UK's initial pledge has resulted in several other donors also contributing a further £3 million.