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17 October 2007

Barrett calls for commitment to essential healthcare in Africa

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today challenged Government Ministers to commit resources to provide essential healthcare in the poorest parts of Africa as part of the International Health Partnership.

The International Health Partnership, launched last month, aims to build national health systems in some of the poorest countries in the world

Speaking at International Development Questions, the Edinburgh West MP and a Liberal Democrat Spokesman on International Development, said:

“According to Save the Children, the lives of 800 children a day could be saved if their parents didn't have to pay fees for essential healthcare. Will his department work with NGOs and civil society in Africa to ensure that the International Health Partnership translates into real change for children on the ground?”

Speaking after the exchange, Mr Barrett added:

“If we are to improve healthcare in the very poorest parts of Africa, we need not only to commit the necessary resources, but also to involve those organisations on the ground who will be tasked with delivering many of these services on the ground.”

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