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Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of his Department’s proposed activities in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement. (300540)

The Department for International Development (DFID) will provide £60 million in development aid to support Zimbabwe this financial year which will be used to;

fight HIV by delivering Anti-Retroviral Treatment to 58,000 people

improve access to clean water and sanitation for over 2 million people

establish 5,000 community health groups to help rural populations prepare for and respond to future disease epidemics

provide essential medicines to approximately 1,300 primary care clinics and rural hospitals

provide 10,000 urban poor and vulnerable households with 350 metric tonnes of food every month and 2,000 rural and urban poor households with cash transfers every month

provide textbooks to 5,300 primary schools

All our assistance is provided through trusted partners, including the United Nations and non-governmental organisations. We do not pass funds directly to the Government of Zimbabwe or through government financial systems, (including through the Reserve Bank).