UK Department for International Development (DFID)
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK government’s effort to fight global poverty. DFID is represented in the Cabinet by the Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening MP. DFID’s overall aim is to reduce poverty in poorer countries, in particular through achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
DFID’s Business Plan for 2011-15 sets out a number of priorities for the Department aimed at supporting achievement of these goals. These include honouring the UK’s international commitments; making British aid more effective by improving transparency and value for money; boosting wealth creation; strengthening governance and security in fragile and conflict-affected countries; leading international action to improve the lives of girls and women and driving urgent action to tackle climate change.
In 2011 the UK ‘s Coalition Government increased the development of various NTD initiatives, basing their ambitious scale up on the evidence - that a significant increase in the level and scope of our involvement was warranted to improve health outcomes and reduce poverty – and on results whilst ensuring value for money in achieving them.
As well as working on a range of key disease areas, the UK continues to promote the importance of integration, complementarity, local ownership and stronger health systems as essential to achieving sustainable change. As part of this work, DFID provides support for capacity strengthening in WHO, country level integration and research.
UK support will help protect more than 140 million people from neglected tropical diseases, and the suffering, disability and death that these diseases cause. To do this we increased our financial investment and cumulative spend five fold from mid-2011.