African countries need to allocate more of their budgets to health, says WHO

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 30 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1992
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Many African governments are not allocating enough funds from their annual budgets to health, says a study by the World Health Organization. Without additional resources, vital health goals will not be achieved, it says.

In the 10 years since heads of state of African Union countries met in Abuja, Nigeria, and pledged to set a target of allocating “at least 15%” of their annual budget to improve the health sector, only Rwanda and South Africa have reached the objective, says WHO.

Overall, WHO says, 27 countries have increased …

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