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Carys blows bubbles in a park near her school. Like millions of children in the UK, she is in danger of breathing toxic air.

We're hearing that the Prime Minister is considering a merger of the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which could jeopardise the effectiveness and transparency of UK Aid [1].

We need you to show him the huge public support there is for UK Aid and an independent DFID before it's too late.

Through the work of DFID, UK Aid is building a better future for children in some of the poorest countries in the world by supporting them to go to school, access clean water and survive and thrive. For babies like little Charlie (pictured above), this support is truly life saving.

DFID spends the majority of UK Aid and is one of the most effective and transparent aid agencies in the world. Any move away from this vital department's life-saving purpose could lead to us turning our back on those who need our support the most. DFID is essential to the success of UK Aid and the Government must keep it independent.

Add your name now to show the UK Government that you support UK Aid and an independent DFID.

Charlie's story

Baby Charlie's story is just one small glimpse into the impact that UK Aid has on children's lives around the world. 

Charlie became severely ill in the first few days of his life. His mum Ami rushed him to the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. Dr Kazi (also pictured) said "Baby Charlie couldn't breathe by himself when he was born. He has been in the intensive care unit and was given oxygen for five days.”

Thanks to support from UK Aid, Unicef renovated the neonatal intensive unit at the hospital, providing new equipment and training support for health workers. This unit is saving tiny lives every day. Weak and vulnerable, premature babies would not have made it without the neonatal intensive care unit.

Thanks to the care and support he received at the unit, we're happy to report Charlie is recovering well.

[1] The Telegraph: Warning over 'deeply damaging' merger between Foreign Office and DFID