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Europe must push for a healthy Africa

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Friday, 16 July 2010

Europe must push for a healthy Africa

The World Cup is over and life in Africa is returning to normal, but it is anything but "fair play" with life expectancy for some 30 to 40 years less than for Europeans. There are many reasons, from bad governance, the financial crisis and climate change to natural disasters, extreme poverty, wars and greed. Nevertheless and despite Europe's focus on the financial crisis, MEPs insist that aid is essential. "It's not a question of ideology but of saving human lives," Belgian Socialist Veronique De Keyser said during a discussion of her report on health care systems in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Development Committee on 13 July. The financial crisis "does not encourage European countries to keep their promises...to give at least 0.7% of GDP in development assistance by 2010," the report says.

Source: European Parliament