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UK health system can learn from innovations in world’s poor regions, conference hears

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2500 (Published 18 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2500
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Young doctors and health activists who embrace a new “spirit of equity in global health” can help to transform the way rich and poorer countries interact, a conference has heard.

Experts from the United States, Europe, and Africa said that they looked to the “new generation” to accelerate shared learning in ways that could raise the quality of care worldwide and tackle health system imbalances.

Nigel Crisp, a former chief executive of the NHS in England, told a conference at King’s College London on 15 April that traditional forms of international development were top down, paternalistic, and outdated.

He chaired the event, entitled “Turning the World Upside Down,” and launched a website to accompany it (www.ttwud.org) aimed at fostering more equitable and far reaching “co-development.”

Crisp said that health …

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