Letters Aid money wasted, says Oxfam

Oxfam must shed its ideological bias to be taken seriously

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1202 (Published 23 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1202
  1. Dominic Montague, lead1
  2. On behalf of Richard Feachem, Neelam Sekhri Feachem, Tracey Perez Koehlmoos, Heather Kinlaw, and Richard Smith
  1. 1Health Systems Initiative, UCSF Global Health Sciences, Global Health Group, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
  1. montagud{at}globalhealth.ucsf.edu

    Oxfam has called for better information on the role of the private sector in health care in developing countries, while simultaneously demanding that the World Bank, bilateral donors, and private foundations cease to support programmes or policies that would work with the private sector.1 Oxfam bases this call on data that are thin, selective, and distorted.

    Oxfam notes on the basis of an unpublished study that in 44 middle and low income …

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