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Brown Boosts International Health Aid

Magazine article Public Finance

Brown Boosts International Health Aid

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown this week launched an ambitious plan to improve health services across developing countries by making better use of international aid - but he committed no extra UK funding to the initiative.

Brown was joined by leaders from seven developing countries, and senior officials from international health agencies, at the launch of the International Health Partnership on September 5.

The IHP forms part of a renewed global push to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals, launched in 2000 with the aim of tackling global poverty by 2015 but now far behind target.

Under the IHP, international aid donors, including nations, aim to improve the impact of aid by helping developing countries to build effective health systems, partly by improving accounting and financial transparency.

Unlike initiatives that focus on particular policies, such as tackling the spread of HIV/Aids, the IHP works to improve entire health economies. Seven states will pilot the programme: Burundi, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal and Zambia.

Brown said: 'Our vision... is that we can triumph over ancient scourges and for the first time in history conquer polio, TB, measles and then with further advances. …

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