The big events of 2001

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 05 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:i

Fifty years from now, 2001 might be remembered for two events: the attacks of September 11 and the publication of the report of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (p 7 and 12). The commission, which was set up by the World Health Organization, argues that extra expenditure of $27bn (£18 700m) on health by the rich world in the poor world could save 8 million lives a year—and boost the global economy.

If the world takes up the bold challenge of the commission then the report will be remembered as a turning point as important as September 11. If the world …

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