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01 Mar 2011 description

A major shake up of Britain's aid programme which will provide 50 million people with the means to help work their way out of poverty was announced today by International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell.

The new strategy will:

- stop 250,000 newborn babies dying needlessly

- save the lives of 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth

- secure schooling for 11 million children - more than we educate in the UK but at 2.5% of the cost

- provide access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation to more people than there are in Scotland, Wales and Northern …