Disease-Specific Aid Distorts Countries' Efforts To Deal With Their Problems

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Disease-Specific Aid

Billions of dollars are being spent on disease-specific aid programmes in developing countries. But in this week's BMJ, Roger England, Chairman of Health Systems Workshop, argues that these programmes distort countries' efforts to deal with their problems.

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His views follow the launch of a new International Health Partnership that Prime Minister Gordon Brown hopes will accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations' millennium development goals for health.

Will the partnership make a difference, he asks?

Although international aid to developing countries for health has doubled to $14bn (

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