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Accurate figures would help to assess countries' needs better

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:835
  1. Gerald Danaher, retired general practitioner
  1. 33 Ashby Road, Ravenstone, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 2AA

    EDITOR—In his news item Lamar reports Médecins Sans Frontières as saying that developing countries spend twice as much a year on debt repayments as on health and education combined.1 Over the past decade I have read similar comparisons for many countries and regions of the developing world. Occasionally the comparison is combined with the figure—sometimes grossly inaccurate—for debt servicing. Not once have …

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