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AusAID - Meternal, Newborn and Child Health

QUESTION NUMBER 9 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011

Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
Is AusAID seeking to develop an overarching strategy or framework to guide the direction of its enhanced support for maternal, newborn and child health? Has AusAID identified priority countries or regions that will be the recipients of its assistance?

Answer:
Australia's support for women and children's health focuses on improving access to skilled birth attendants, family planning and emergency obstetric and neonatal care, and reducing barriers to poor women accessing care. Australia has made forward commitments to women and children's programs in South-east Asia, South Asia, eastern Africa and the Pacific which are being implemented. AusAID is also developing options to strengthen country level support (see also Question 10) to achieve better health outcomes for women and children across our health portfolio. The report of the Review of Aid Effectiveness will be considered by the Government in setting priorities into the future.

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