Maryland links up with the WHOBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7004.530a (Published 26 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:530
- JOHN ROBERTS
- North American editor, BMJ
The US state of Maryland has become a partner with a unique programme of the World Health Organisation. The agreement represents another step in a trend towards new alliances to promote flexibility and innovation in aid programmes. It also represents an irony: a rich state is asking poor countries to teach it some lessons.
At a time when the WHO is being criticised as a behemoth that launches global programmes that are not sustained, its Division of Intensified Cooperation may signal a new approach to serving poor people in both poor and rich countries. The cooperation is a tiny division with a budget of £5m--about 1% of the WHO's total budget--and nine professional staff.
The programme has already …