The Financial Crisis and Global Health. 19/01/09
Report of a High-Level Consultation World Health Organization, Geneva, 19 January 2009
The challenge facing the world is to prevent an economic crisis becoming a social and a health crisis. There is widespread agreement that counter-cyclical public spending pro-vides a means of reviving economies. Aid will play a key role in providing a boost that many low-income countries cannot finance alone. The challenge is to ensure that spending is genuinely pro-poor and that, where possible, it has a positive impact on health. Infrastructure investments provide one route, but other opportunities for safe-guarding lives and income can also be identified.
Short-term measures can provide the basis for more ethical public spending in the future.
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