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Reneging on funding commitments could leave health systems in poorer countries $30bn short by 2015

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1132 (Published 18 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1132
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The lives of 10 million women and children will be put at risk if the global financial situation affects the funding promised for developing health systems in poorer countries, a report has warned.

    The funding gap could be as large as $30bn (£21bn; €23bn) a year by 2015 if donors fail to meet targets, expert working groups have warned the Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems.

    The taskforce, which is chaired by the UK prime minister, Gordon Brown, and Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank, was set up in September 2008 to find ways to fill the funding gap and ensure …

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