Global Investment in Health Still Falling Short, Says WHO

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Global Investment in Health Still Falling Short, Says WHO


Ministers of health, finance and planning from 40 developing countries joined development partners at WHO for the Second Consultation on Macroeconomics and Health on 29-30 October to develop country-specific plans to increase global health investment.

The meeting marked nearly two years since the launch of the 2001 Report of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (CMH), which recommended that by 2007, donors should increase investment in health to US$ 27 billion. Two years on, however, increases in health investment have failed to meet the levels needed to measurably impact major diseases affecting the world's poor, said WHO.

"If we don't increase resources for health and target these resources to activities that will have the greatest impact, we stand to lose millions of men, women and children to disease. This also means trapping individuals and families in poverty and disillusionment," said WHO's Director-General, Dr LEE Jong-wook.

A recent study at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies found that the total development assistance for health from major selected sources increased from an average of US$ 6. …

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