HC Deb 07 September 2004 vol 424 c946W
Mr. Liddell-Grainger

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support he is giving to humanitarian operations in Somalia. [186443]

Hilary Benn

So far in 2004 DFID has agreed to provide £2,941,534 for the following ongoing humanitarian operations in Somalia (DFID contribution in brackets)African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) "Gedo Regional Health Care programme" (£287,521); International Committee of the Red Cross "2004 Appeal" to provide humanitarian assistance—food, health, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene—to those affected by instability and conflict (£400,000); International Medical Corps "Primary Health Care in Bay, Bakool and Hiraan regions" (£480,000); Medecins sans Frontieres "Basic Health and Nutrition, Lower Juba" (£1,225,390) Medecins Sans Frontieres "Primary Health Care, Middle Shabelle" (£424,013); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) "Nutritional Supplementation to children and pregnant women" (£300,000); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) "Expanded #rogramme on Immunisation, including Polio Eradication Initiative" (£300,000); United Nations Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): "Coordination Support Services" (£250,000); United Nations Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): "Humanitarian Response Fund" (£500,000).

The Somali population, due to instability and severe poverty, remains highly vulnerable to climatic and conflict generated crisis. DFID's continuing humanitarian assistance to Somalia will be based on assessed needs and will address immediate and critical problems in order to reduce suffering and save lives.