Erasing the global divide in health research

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7078.390 (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:390

Collaboration provides answers relevant to developing and developed countries

  1. Jair de Jesus Mari, Professor of psychiatrya,
  2. Juan Manuel Lozano, Associate professor of paediatricsb,
  3. Lelia Duley, Senior research fellowc
  1. a Department of Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Rua Botucatu, 685, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  2. b Unidad de Epidemiologia Clinica, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cra 7 40-62 Piso 8, Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia
  3. c National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    Developing and developed countries are often viewed separately with respect to their health problems, health systems, and health services research. So although more than 90% of the world's “potential years of life lost” belong to the developing world, only 5% of global research funds are devoted to studying the developing world's health problems.1 Chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and mental illness are usually regarded as problems of the developed world, but, as people live longer, developing nations will need strategies to cope with the associated health burden. Morbidity and mortality from communicable diseases are largely problems of the developing world but there are notable exceptions, in particular HIV infection. And for many healthcare problems the solutions are the same, irrespective of …

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