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UK defines action to tackle health in developing countries

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 09 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1434
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. BMJ

    The UK government's Department for International Development has launched a new policy document outlining its strategy to tackle health problems in developing countries. The paper is one of a set that collectively aims to define what needs to be done to achieve the ambitious international development targets agreed by the United Nations and recently endorsed by the G8 countries in Okinawa, Japan.

    The first of eight targets is to halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, by 2015. In an acknowledgement that tackling this target requires international action in many areas, the department has published separate strategy papers on the environment, education, good government, and economic policies in addition to the current paper on health.

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