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When public health may not be public health

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:834
  1. Gregory Rose, health development adviser (
  1. Voluntary Service Overseas Office, PO Box 12, Phnom Phen, Cambodia

    EDITOR—Confronted with the health of people in developing countries, governments focus aid on healthcare services or high technology prevention. These are not necessarily a logical initial reaction. They may not even be “public health” practices.

    Hospitals without inland revenue or a broader infrastructure can be white elephants to those who cannot afford to attend or whose conditions require more resources than are available. This is not the …

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