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Southern Africa: AIDS

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his own Department's specific commitments in the Government's AIDS strategy Achieving Universal Access apply to middle-income countries in Southern Africa. (319418)

The Achieving Universal Access strategy does apply to middle-income countries in Southern Africa, although we do not expect to undertake activities in every middle-income African country. We are prioritising our limited resources to focus our activities in those countries where we can have the biggest impact on specific commitments.

For example, our High Commission in Windhoek supports politically and promotes advocacy of UN Children's Fund HIV/AIDS work in Namibia for orphans, women and vulnerable children (the Department for International Development (DFID) provides annual funding of approximately £1 million) and EU funded HIV/AIDS initiatives. Our High Commission also provided political support for the Namibian Government's 'Public Service Workspace Policy' on AIDS and for the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief conference hosted by Namibia in June. In South Africa, our High Commission has helped DFID to agree the priorities and maximise the impact of their HIV/AIDS programme.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Posts overseas also offer targeted lobbying and political support to DFID in low income countries.