While Parliament rose yesterday for recess and Members returned to their constituencies, the work of the Department for International Development continues to have a transformative effect on the lives of the world's poorest people.
Secretary of State Andrew Mitchell and his Ministers have over the last year:
The targeting of the Department's funding to the places it will have the best effect means that by the time Parliament returns from recess Britain will have: vaccinated over 2 million children against diarrhoea and six other killer diseases; provided over 1.5 million people with the means to work their way out of poverty; secured schooling for 350,000 children; saved the lives of over 1,500 women in pregnancy and childbirth; stopped over 8,000 newborn babies dying needlessly; supported over 125,000 people to hold authorities to account; helped over 300,000 women to access justice through the courts, police and legal assistance; given over 450,000 people access to clean drinking water; and improved sanitation for 800,000 people.
Richard Harrington MP, Member of the International Development Select Committee said:
"To know that by the time we return to Parliament over 2 million children will be have been vaccinated against killer diseases and 1.5 million people given the means to work their way out of poverty is a matter of great pride to me. I have seen firsthand the excellent projects that DfID fund and I know that all over the world people are benefiting from the value-for-money efficiencies enacted by the Government. To see the numbers who will be helped in just this one summer is amazing"
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