QUESTION NUMBER 10 - SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES HEARING FEBRUARY 2011
Senator Hanson-Young asked AusAID in writing on 13 February 2011:
We understand that AusAID has completed a bottom up strategy review to feed into the development of maternal, newborn and child health assistance. Can you provide further detail of the review, its main findings and how it will feed into informing Australia's future maternal health and child health assistance?
Planning is being undertaken to implement the increasing level of assistance in the health sector. This is part of on-going efforts to ensure our health assistance is effective and targets areas of greatest need and potential impact. Women and children's health assistance makes up approximately 40 per cent of health expenditure so it is an important aspect of this process. AusAID is consulting stakeholders (Multilateral/UN organisations, Foundations, international and national NGOs, research institutions and universities, other Australian government departments, partner governments and other donors) as part of this process. A maternal and
neonatal health roundtable was held on 22 April 2010 and a family planning roundtable in Melbourne on 18 March 2011. AusAID will continue to engage with health stakeholders to identify gaps and future opportunities. This will be an ongoing process over the next few months, and will take account of the outcomes of the Review of Aid Effectiveness.