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Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) the availability of therapeutic foods and medical supplies and (b) the capacity to respond to health and nutrition emergencies in rural areas in the Somali region of Ethiopia. (200401)

The Department for International Development has contributed £4 million in 2007 to the Humanitarian Response Fund, managed by the United Nations. With support from the fund, a number of non-governmental organisations have provided high nutrient food, immunisation and other basic health services through four mobile clinics.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking in co-operation with (a) Ethiopian authorities and (b) non-governmental organisations to provide humanitarian assistance in the Somali region of Ethiopia. (200402)

The Department for International Development channels funds for humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, including assistance for Somali region, through the Humanitarian Response Fund, managed by the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The fund supports the work of non-governmental organisations and United Nations (UN) organisations in Ethiopia. In 2007 we provided the fund with £4 million and as a result about 12 non-governmental organisations and a number of UN agencies were able to respond to needs in the region.