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HIV/AIDS: Angola

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What contribution they have made in each of the past three years to combat HIV/AIDS in Angola. [HL1641]

The UK has supported a number of interventions to tackle AIDS in Angola over the past three years, through the bilateral programme managed by the Department for International Development. This has included support for the establishment of voluntary counselling and testing centres, raising awareness through radio programmes, social marketing of condoms, study tours and institutional strengthening of the National AIDS Commission Secretariat.

The UK's bilateral contribution to programmes directly focused on AIDS in Angola has steadily grown, from £200,000 in the financial year 2003-04, to £422,970 in 2004-05, to £1,363,232 in 2005-06. In 2006-07, we expect to have given a further £1.1 million out of an overall bilateral programme of £5 million.

We have also contributed £18 million from bilateral funds for a UNICEF Southern Africa programme to protect orphans and vulnerable children from AIDS. In the first year of the programme (2006-07) US$1.4 million was allocated to Angola.

The UK is also a major global contributor to the principle multilateral organisations that are supporting Angola's response to AIDS: the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), the World Bank and the European Commission (EC). GFATM has a US$27.7 million programme on AIDS in Angola, of which US$12.4 million has been allocated since October 2005. The UK is a major supporter of GFATM, with commitments of £100 million in each of 2006 and 2007.

The World Bank is supporting a joint donor-government programme to address AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis programme in Angola, for which it has made available a grant of US$21 million. The UK contributed 13.2 per cent of funds to IDA (International Development Association—the World Bank's concessional lending Arm, which gives loans and grants to the world's poorest Countries).

In Angola, the EC is supporting the health sector as a whole, including €2.9 million for improving the use and management of blood in public health centres. The EC has also approved two new contracts with NGOs to minimise HIV transmission and the impact of AIDS in rural provinces of Angola, worth some €4.85 million. The UK's imputed share of EC funding is 17.4 per cent.