Kofi Annan describes new health fund for developing countries

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1270
  1. Phyllida Brown
  1. Exeter

    The United Nations' secretary general, Kofi Annan, began last week, to mixed reactions, to describe the details of a planned fund to combat major diseases in developing countries.

    The Global AIDS and Health Fund, first mentioned by Mr Annan last month at an African leaders' summit (5 May, p 182), will target not only AIDS, as first suggested, but also tuberculosis and malaria.

    In a speech to delegates at the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization's annual “shareholders” meeting in Geneva last week, Mr Annan emphasised that the $10bn (£7bn) fund should be new money, not just another channel for existing …

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