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All Parliamentary Group on Global Health

The All Parliamentary Group on Global Health is one of the All Parliamentary Groups set up by Government. It focusses on the underlying, cross-cutting health issues which affect us all wherever we live. 

Through research and regular events, the Group offers recommendations and advice to Parliament and the Government on key policies impacting health in the UK and overseas.

It is led by its members, but also supported by academic institutions, the Lancet and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together, these allow the Group to connect the interest, impact and knowledge of parliamentarians with the expertise and experience of the wider global health community.

Its activities come under three main categories:

    • Conducting evidence based reviews on topical global health issues
    • Hosting high-profile events, often with other APPGs or external partners
    • Providing ad-hoc briefings to our members on emerging global health issues

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The British Council

The British Council was founded in 1934 with the goal of "promoting abroad a wider appreciation of British culture and civilisation by encouraging cultural, educational and other interchanges between the United Kingdom and elsewhere".

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Department for International Development (DfID)

In an increasingly inter-dependent world, many problems - like conflict, crime, pollution, and diseases such as HIV and AIDS - are caused or made worse by poverty. Department for International Development (DfID) is leading the British government's fight against world poverty.

DfID works in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector and others. It also works with multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, United Nations agencies, and the European Commission. It works directly in over 150 countries worldwide, with a budget of nearly £4 billion in 2004. Its headquarters are in London and East Kilbride, near Glasgow.

DfID supports long-term programmes to help tackle the underlying causes of poverty and responds to emergencies, both natural and man-made. It is ultimately working towards the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations.

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Healthcare-UK is a joint initiative of the Department of Health (DH), UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and NHS England and began its work in 2013. 

What it does

It helps UK healthcare providers to do more business overseas. It does this by promoting the UK healthcare sector to overseas markets and supporting healthcare partnerships between the UK and overseas healthcare providers.

Its responsibilities

It is responsible for:

    • helping overseas healthcare organisations find a UK healthcare provider that can supply the services and expertise they need
    • helping UK healthcare providers raise their international profile and win overseas contracts
    • encouraging UK healthcare providers to work together so they can bid for major overseas projects
    • working with governments to make it easier for UK healthcare providers to do business overseas

Its priorities

In 2013 and 2014 its priorities are:

    • making sure UK and overseas healthcare providers know about the services we offer
    • identifying how we’ll help UK organisations working in specific areas of healthcare
    • identifying opportunities in the overseas’ healthcare sectors for UK healthcare providers (including primary care, digital health, infrastructure, training and education, health systems development and public-private partnerships)

Advice about support that might be provided by Healthcare UK can be obtained locally through the Wessex Academic Health Sciences Network

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Rebuild Consortium 

The ReBUILD Consortium is an international research partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development which has been working since 2011 to support improved access of the poor to effective health care and reduced health costs burdens, through the production and uptake of a coherent body of high quality, policy-relevant new research on health systems financing, human resources for health, and aid-architecture in post-conflict countries.

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European Union

EuropeAid Development and Cooperation is responsible for designing European development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. EuropeAid delivers aid through a set of financial instruments with a focus on ensuring the quality of EU aid and its effectiveness. An active and proactive player in the development field, it promotes good governance, human and economic development and tackle universal issues, such as fighting hunger and preserving natural resources.

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help met their basic need and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. It was set up in 1946 after World War II to provide food, clothing and health care to European children who were suffering from famine and disease. It became a permanent arm of the United Nations in 1953.

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Development Programme is the UN's global development network. UNDP is an executive board within the
United Nations General Assembly. It is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations. UNDP is working with 166 countries to find solutions to local development challenges. They aim to achieve the Millennium Development Goals which have the overarching goal of cutting world poverty in half by 2015.

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World Bank 

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is not a bank in the common sense. It is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries-the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).

Each institution plays a different but supportive role in its mission of global poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards. The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in the world. Together it provides low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes.

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World Food Programme 

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is part of the United Nations system and was set up in 1962. Its aim is for every man, woman and child to have access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. In 2010 they aim to provide more than 90 million people with food assistance in over 70 countries.

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World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

WHO fulfils its objectives through its core functions of:

  • providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed
  • shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge
  • setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation
  • articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options
  • providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and
  • monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.

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