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Thursday, 15 April 2010

EU under fire over 'broken promises' on health aid

European governments must devote 0.1% of their income to providing universal healthcare in the developing world, according to campaigners who accuse EU leaders of failing to prioritise the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With the 2015 deadline for meeting the MDGs appearing on the horizon, there has been increasing political pressure to live up to commitments made a decade ago. Last week (31 March) the European Commission pledged to step up its efforts to tackle health problems in the developed world, but activists are unconvinced."Europe has a great record on policy documents but a woeful record when it comes to delivering," according to Frazer Goodwin of the Action for Global Health campaign. Goodwin says the EU should earmark 0.1% of GNI – a measure of national income – specifically to health care in the developing world, helping to slash preventable illnesses such as HIV, TB, infant mortality and death in childbirth. In turn, countries receiving aid should agree to devote 15% of their national spending to health care, he adds.

Source: Euractiv