Dear Secretary of State
I’d like to thank you for your repeated public support for the UK’s efforts to achieve the Global Goals, and for your commitment to focusing your department’s aid programme – one of the most respected in the world – on those most in need, and on the most cost-effective interventions possible. I am proud that the UK continues to meet the UN target of spending 0.7% of our national income on aid, one of the very few developed nations to do so. This is the kind of global Britain of which one can be proud, gaining us respect on the world stage.
But I am concerned that a key aspect of overcoming poverty is being overlooked: health. Ensuring that people can lead healthy lives, wherever in the world they live, is still a very long way from being achieved. For example, TB continues to kill over 1.6 million people every year, and as you yourself have pointed out, at current rates, global nutrition targets won’t be met for 80 years.
Investing in health is one of the smartest and most cost-effective things to do in international development, enabling countries to help their people lead more prosperous lives. But the proportion of UK aid money spent on health has been decreasing in recent years. I would urge you to ensure that this trend is stopped, to meet the UK’s ambition to help achieve Universal Health Coverage.
As the UK aid budget is set for the coming years, I urge you to ensure that vital health programmes, such as Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the Nutrition for Growth agenda receive the level of support from the UK that they need to be able to continue to save lives, and together contribute to the goal of Universal Health Coverage by 2030.
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