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UK to Support Project to Renovate Rangoon General Hospital in Burma

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24 October 2013 – London – The UK’s Department for International Development has announced that the UK government will support Aung San Suu Kyi’s plans for the renovation of Rangoon General Hospital in Burma.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening walks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the way to 10 Downing Street earlier today.  The UK government has pledged to support Aung San Suu Kyi?s plans for the renovation of the Rangoon General Hospital in Burma, the Prime Minister announced today. Prime Minister David Cameron and International Development Secretary Justine Greening met with Aung San Suu Kyi today, on her second visit to the UK since her release from house arrest. They discussed the UK?s support, which will fund a team to assess plans for the renovation of the 1500-bed hospital, one of the oldest in Rangoon. International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:  ?Rangoon General Hospital has offered life-saving healthcare to the Burmese people for generations and it is right that we help Aung San Suu Kyi in her work to restore this crucial institution. ?Her project shows that Burma is getting back to business and I am pleased to support this and the country?s wider agenda of healthcare reform.? "We also talked about violence against women, responsible business development in Burma and DFID?s work to help companies improve standards." The Department for International Development is undertaking this work alongside the Yangon General Hospital International Reinvigoration Committee Picture: FCOPrime Minister David Cameron and International Development Secretary Justine Greening met with Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday, 23 October, on her second visit to the UK since her release from house arrest. They discussed the UK’s support, which will fund a team to assess plans for the renovation of the 1500-bed hospital, one of the oldest in Rangoon.

Photo: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi walks with UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening on the way to 10 Downing Street. Picture: FCO/Patrick Tsui

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said, “Rangoon General Hospital has offered life-saving healthcare to the Burmese people for generations and it is right that we help Aung San Suu Kyi in her work to restore this crucial institution.”

“Her project shows that Burma is getting back to business and I am pleased to support this and the country’s wider agenda of healthcare reform,” she added.

The Department for International Development is undertaking this work alongside the Yangon General Hospital International Reinvigoration Committee.  For more about UK support of development projects in Burma, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/priority/supporting-development-in-burma.

Created in 1997, the Department for International Development (DFID) is a department of the British government, led by a cabinet minister.  DFID promotes global development as a national priority in the UK and overseas. Two acts of parliament have helped to put development higher on Britain’s national agenda.  The International Development Act 2002 clarified the purpose of aid spending as poverty reduction; while International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006 defined DFID’s annual reporting to Parliament.  More at http://www.dfid.gov.uk/

Source: Department for International Development, UK