Put health and environment first at G20 meeting, say development workers

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 18 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1125
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. 1BMJ

    Public health professionals in developed countries need to lobby their governments to take action to reduce the impact of the economic recession and climate change on poor countries, an international conference in London heard last week.

    Mark Malloch-Brown, minister of state for Africa, Asia, and the United Nations Foreign and Commonwealth Office, warned about the adverse impact of the recession on the health of vulnerable populations in developing countries. “We are heading for a crisis in nutrition where we will be unable to provide enough food aid,” he said.

    Estimates suggest that child deaths will increase by up to 400 000 a year, he said, and the imperative to improve health care in poor countries has never been more urgent.

    Josette Sheeran, executive director of the UN World Food Programme …

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