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Progress in global access to medicines threatened by funding shortfalls, warns charity

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 28 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8322
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

The past year has seen important advances and serious setbacks in achieving better access to medicines for people in developing countries, according to a report by Médecins Sans Frontières detailing events that had an impact on people’s ability to access needed drugs, diagnostics and vaccines.

Tido von Schoen-Angerer, director of the charity’s Access Campaign, told the BMJ that “the recent financial crisis has made traditional donor countries much more inward looking,” although the “actual amounts required to make a difference in global health” were dwarfed by the sums used to rescue the banks and struggling Eurozone economies.

He warned that without “renewed prioritisation …

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