Clinical care in resource poor countries is often provided by people outside the medical establishmentBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7025.248a (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:248
- Felicity Cutts,
- Anne Mills
- Senior lecturer in epidemiology Professor of health economics and policy London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT
EDITOR,—We believe that the second topic in Kevin M De Cock and colleagues' analysis of the future role of tropical medicine in Northern countries—namely, the role and future of clinical services in resource poor countries—needs more debate.1 The authors note that the World Bank's World Development Report 1993 reaffirms the importance of good clinical care.2 They fail to emphasise that effective provision of the “essential clinical package” involves people outside medicine.
Firstly, in large areas of resource poor countries clinical care is …