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WHO urges donors not to slash spending on health despite financial crisis

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b233 (Published 21 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b233
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Health budgets must not be targeted for savings in these challenging financial times, according to the World Health Organization.

    WHO’s director general, Margaret Chan, has urged governments worldwide to maintain health budgets and aid despite the pressures of the global economic downturn.

    To make savings could mean increasing the risk of failing to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, especially in poorer nations, said Dr Chan.

    “We must seize every opportunity to protect populations and pre-empt adverse effect on health,” Dr Chan told a meeting this week in Geneva attended by ministers and international experts who were discussing the potential impacts of …

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