WHO’s head calls on donors to do more to protect poor countries’ health systems

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 19 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2698
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The head of the World Health Organization is urging international donors and governments to increase funds to prevent the collapse of health systems in poor countries and to cease poaching locally trained health workers.

    Margaret Chan told ministers attending the annual World Health Assembly this week in Geneva, “International donors, partners, and governments themselves have failed to rally around national health policies and strategies. This contributes to fragmentation, duplication, and added demands and costs and defeats national ownership.

    “How can we scale up interventions or aim for universal coverage when health systems in so many countries are on the …

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