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Facets of the global health divide

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.0 (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:0

Global inequities in health is the number one ethical issue of our age, argues Peter Singer, the Canadian bioethicist (p 673). Most of the sickness in the world is in the developing world, but most of the health care is in the developed world. This week's BMJ illustrates four facets of the divide.

Pharmaceutical companies are under increasing pressure to make their drugs affordable in the developing world and to produce drugs for the conditions that are unique to the developing world (p 629). Drugs for treating HIV infection are, for …

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