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AusAID Investment in Children and Mental Health

QUESTION NUMBER 8 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
Given the growing evidence that investing in early childhood and maternal health has a central role to play in development, is there scope for AusAID to increase investment in child and maternal health? 

Answer:
The Government is increasing its investment in child and maternal health in line with increases in overall official development assistance. At the MDG Summit in New York in September 2010 Mr Rudd announced that Australia planned to spend at least $1.6 billion over five years to 2015 to improve maternal and child health. This includes new commitments of $140 million for maternal and child health in eastern Africa and $85 million for health programs in PNG and the Pacific. AusAID is also strengthening its basic health support to ensure that maternal and health needs are adequately addressed and results monitored.

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