“Co-development” is key to promoting universal access to healthcare

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 27 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4043
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Progress in tackling huge global health inequalities remains slow, despite poorer countries becoming more assertive and innovative in tackling problems, a symposium has heard.

There were calls at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics symposium in London for richer nations to do more to foster “co-development” and promote universal access to healthcare.

The event, entitled “Global health: responsibility, ethics and policy,” was held on 22 June. Some 150 delegates, including researchers, clinicians, ethicists, international aid specialists, and advisers, heard about the “unacceptable” burden of disease affecting the poorest countries.

In the keynote address Nigel Crisp, a former head of the NHS in England (2000-6) who chairs the international charity Sightsavers, outlined how infectious and chronic diseases, poverty, lack of resources, and …

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