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Donors raise £3.2bn for free health care in world’s poorest countries

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3961
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    A £3.2bn (€3.5bn; $5.1bn) funding initiative to expand free health care and improve maternal health was launched at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 23 September.

    Behind the initiative is the UN taskforce on innovative international financing for health systems, which is chaired by the UK prime minister, Gordon Brown, and president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick. It will focus on “finding innovative financing mechanisms to strengthen health systems in the poorest countries in the world.”

    Announcing the taskforce’s proposals, Mr Brown said: “We cannot let mothers and children die through lack of finance and through the persistence of user fees.” The £3.2bn raised …

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