Ivan Lewis MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, writes for Left Foot Forward today on a visit to Bangladesh to see how UK aid is delivering value for money, concrete results and saving lives
Today is World Pneumonia Day and I am in Bangladesh to witness firsthand the UK supported healthcare programs that are helping save millions of lives. In particular I have been following the work of the GAVI alliance, which is supporting developing nations to roll out life-saving vaccines against the biggest killers in the developing world including pneumonia and diarrhoea.
The Labour Party has a proud reputation on international development and Gordon Brown was a key driver in ensuring the UK plays its full role in helping those less fortunate in the world.
In my position as shadow secretary of state for international development I am delighted to have the opportunity to see the work that we championed whilst in office, which the coalition government is continuing, is having life changing results in some of the world’s poorest nations.
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