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Pakistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been allocated to national health programmes in Pakistan for reducing child mortality. (211726)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has provided £83.5 million in support of the national health facility over the last five years (2003-08). The funds have contributed to reducing child mortality by supporting programmes to improve immunisation; nutrition; malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS control; and family planning. In total it is estimated our support has helped prevent the deaths of 200,000 children.

In addition in 2006 we committed £90 million over five years to Pakistan's National Maternal and Newborn Health Programme. Not only will this improve maternal health and welfare and prevent maternal deaths, but it is also estimated it will save the lives of 100,000 newborn children.