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UK urges free basic health care in poor countries

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7556.1470-a (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1470
  1. Robert Short
  1. London

    The abolition of fees for basic health services in developing countries, as achieved in Uganda, will remove a major barrier to improvement in the health of people in these nations. And such initiatives should be supported by the countries themselves and international donors.

    This is the belief of Hilary Benn, the United Kingdom's secretary of state for international development and head of the Department for International Development, which manages Britain's aid to poor countries. He was speaking at a debate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, and also launching the progress report on the UK's maternal health strategy.

    Citing the work of Chris …

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