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Africa: HIV Infection

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to tackle HIV and AIDS in Africa; and what support in this area is being provided direct to governments of African developing countries. (211805)

The Department for International Development funds government, non-governmental and multilateral organisations to strengthen and deliver a wide range of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services across African countries. “Achieving Universal Access—the UK’s strategy for halting and reversing the spread of HIV in the developing world” (2008-15) outlines UK action globally and highlights the need to prevent new HIV infections as well as maintain treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS. The strategy commits £6 billion to strengthening health systems and services until 2015, a significant proportion of which will be spent in Africa. A copy of the updated strategy and supporting evidence paper have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. These are also available on the Department for International Development (DFID) website:

DFID provides direct support to national HIV and AIDS strategies and plans in a number of African countries via technical assistance and financing (eg Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria). DFID also provides funding towards HIV/AIDS in Africa via multilateral institutions, such as UNAIDS, WHO and the World Bank, and global funds. For example the UK has committed £1 billion (2007-15) to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for Africa and other regions.