Donors should be tougher on poor countries that don’t engage in health programmes

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 03 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6347
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. 1BMJ

Donor agencies could be doing “more harm than good” by fully funding disease programmes in low income countries without expecting governments to make any financial contribution, a conference on global health has heard.

Speaking at the Global Health 2011 conference at the BMA in London, David Heymann, chairman of the UK Health Protection Agency, said, “Agencies need to be strong enough to say, ‘We are going to make you sweat’ [for the funding]. Recipient countries need to play a greater role in procurement. Why can’t some of the African countries who can afford it be buying the …

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