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Development Aid: Water

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 56143, tabled on 15 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance her Department plans to spend on water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities in 2021-22.

Answered on

25 October 2021

UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend is recorded in line with OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) codes which do not specifically record spend on water, sanitation and hygeine services (WASH) in Healthcare Facilities. The most recent UK bilateral ODA spend data shows that spend on WASH was £110 million in 2020-2021. The next publication of the statistics on international development in autumn 2022 will identify ODA spend for 2021 - 2022, which you can see here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-on-international-development.

The UK Government recognises the importance of WASH in health care facilities. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is a member of the global taskforce on WASH in Healthcare Facilities; we support the Sanitation and Water for All partnership to help governments increase access to WASH services in healthcare facilities; and through our COVID-19 hygiene partnership with Unilever, we have jointly provided 2.6 million WASH products and services to over 10,000 health care facilities to strengthen their hygiene and infection prevention and control practices.