Money for Indians' health remains unused

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 23 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1059
  1. J Rocha

    A multimillion dollar loan promised by the World Bank to fund health projects among Indian groups in the Amazon basin is still unspent, even though the period of the loan expires in June. The World Bank approved the loan in 1989 as part of an $89m (pounds sterling 59.3m) loan for malaria control in the Amazon basin. It specifically designated $6.6m (pounds sterling 4.4m) for spending on health projects among Indians, both those run by the government and those set up by non-government organisations.

    The health problems in many indigenous communities are serious: malaria, cholera, leptospirosis, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and, where gold miners have been at work, possibly mercury contamination. Almost none of the $6.6m has been spent. Instead …

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