Much can still be done

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1331a (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1331
  1. Alexander R P Walker,
  2. Lesley T Bourne,
  3. Barbara J Klugman
  1. Head Human Biochemistry Research Unit, Department of Tropical Diseases, South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. Researcher Urbanisation and Health, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
  3. Researcher Women's Health Project, Department of Community Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

    EDITOR,—Staffan Bergstrom and Pascoal Mocumbi provide a telling description of the health burdens now confronting developing populations.1 Jordan affords a glaring example of the “debt trap” depicted by the authors: “Pressured by the International Monetary Fund, the Jordanian government raised the price of bread from 12 [US] cents [7p] to 26 cents per kg, and of more than 20 other basic food items.”2 In Uganda the equivalent of $3 (£1.86) a head is being spent annually on total health services, compared with $17 …

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