International Aid Reductions Could Result in Deaths Worldwide, World Bank Official Says
January 28, 2009
Tens of thousands of preventable deaths could occur as a result of the global economic crisis if countries do not protect programs aimed at providing assistance to low-income countries, Julian Schweitzer -- director of health, nutrition and population at the World Bank -- said on Monday at an Action for Global Health meeting of not-for-profit organizations in London, the Financial Times reports. The meeting was convened to examine the likely downturn in donor support for health programs worldwide in light of the global economic situation. Schweitzer said that initiatives such as direct cash payments to low-income people should be supported by donors and developing countries to reduce the potentially severe impact on health services. He added that imported medical supplies and expensive drugs are at risk of running out in low-income countries as their value increases in correlation with the devaluation of local currencies.
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