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.


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 (