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Pakistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1183W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, how much his Department is planning to spend on national health programmes in Pakistan during 2008-09; and how this funding will be distributed. (223679)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is planning to spend approximately £35.6 million on national health programmes in Pakistan between April 2008 and March 2009. This will be distributed in a variety of ways, including:

(i) £15 million to the Ministry of Health for implementation of the national health facility (NHF). This supports seven priority national health programmes:

HIV/AIDs, TB and Malaria control, Nutrition, Immunization, access to basic health care and family planning from female health workers, and a Population and Welfare programme.

(ii) £10.7 million to the Ministry of Health's Maternal and New Born Health (MNH) programme.

(iii) Approximately £1.6 million for research, advocacy, monitoring and capacity building support in managing the NHF and MNH programmes.

(iv) £3.3 million support to National and Provincial HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes (provided through a World Bank Trust Fund)

(v) £5 million to the World Health Organisation and UNICEF to support the national polio eradication programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1044-45W, on South Asia: tuberculosis, what the seven national health programmes his Department supports in Pakistan are; and on what initiatives his Department's contribution of £15 million to support the national programme between 2005 and 2008 has been spent. (223853)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting priority national health and population welfare programmes in Pakistan through the National Health Facility. These are: Lady Health Workers, Population Welfare, Immunisation, Nutrition, TB, Malaria and HIV/AIDS.

DFID’s financial contribution between financial years 2005-06 and 2007-08 totalled £52.5 million. This funding was disbursed to all seven programmes. It has helped achieve the following health outcomes in Pakistan for the period 2002-07:

The TB Programme has reached a target of 87 per cent. of cases successfully treated, three years ahead of schedule; case detection rates have also increased sharply, to 69 per cent. in 2007 and are also likely to reach the 2010 target (70 per cent.) ahead of schedule. (Source: National TB Control Programme Management Information System, 2007)

23 per cent. increase in children fully immunised by the Expanded Programme of Immunization. (sources: Pakistan Survey Living Standards Measurement 2006-07; Pakistan Integrated Household Survey 2001-02).

450,000 more cases of malaria confirmed and treated (Source: Malaria Control Programme Management Information System, 2007).

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1041-42W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, which of the 10 largest programmes supported by his Department in Pakistan in 2007 have continued in 2008; how much his Department is contributing to each in 2008; and when (a) the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation programme and (b) other short-term programmes are expected to be completed. (223854)

In 2008-09 DFID is planning to continue providing support to all but one (the Faisalabad Area Upgrade Programme) of the 10 programmes referred to in our answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1041-42W.

The current 2008-09 forecast for our 10 largest programmes is as follows (note this is subject to change, and it is difficult for us to provide a full breakdown by calendar year):

Amount

General Budget Support

20,000,000

Pakistan Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

19,500,000

National Health Facility

15,000,000

Strengthening Education in Pakistan

11,800,000

Maternal and Newborn Health

700,000

Financial Inclusion Programme

10,000,000

Polio Programme

5,000,000

HIV/AIDS Programme

3,000,000

Humanitarian Assistance to Flood Victims and Internally Displaced People

3,000,000

Devolved Social Services Programme Financial Support

2,500,000

The Earthquake Rehabilitation programme is currently scheduled to end in April 2010 and is subject to approval. Other projects supporting pro-poor growth, social protection and the elections are also scheduled for completion, though we will follow up with further diagnostic work.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1041W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, to what extent his Department may determine the ways in which the State Bank allocates the £50 million provided for Pakistan's Financial Inclusion Programme; what the primary aims of the programme are; and what outcomes from the programme his Department expects. (223856)

The Pakistan Financial Inclusion Programme (FIP), designed by the State Bank of Pakistan and the Department for International Development (DFID), has a joint Steering Committee which makes all key strategic decisions.

The purpose of the FIP is to ensure that more poor people benefit from the provision of financial services in Pakistan. It aims to increase the number of microfinance users from 1.4 million to 3.0 million by 2010 and to 5.0 million by 2012. It will improve the regulatory framework for private financial service provision, strengthen public private partnerships, and ensure the effective use of technology in ways that will help benefit excluded groups. It will also help mobilise up to £50 million from the private financial sector to help improve access to finance, including in rural areas.