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Campaign for global healthcare

5th September 2007

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to spearhead a campaign to build national health systems in some of the world’s poorest countries.


The aim is to form a new partnership with other developed countries to make sure international aid is spent effectively and in a way that will help save millions of lives.

Senior ministers from Burundi, Nepal, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Cambodia will take part in the launch and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed the scheme.

The plan is for the International Health Partnership to help poor countries meet key Millennium Development Goals of fighting illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cutting childhood and maternal mortality rates, which were agreed by the UN in 2000.

Mr Brown said: “There is no greater cause than that every man, woman and child in the world should be able to benefit from the best medicine and healthcare.

“And our vision today is that we can triumph over ancient scourges and for the first time in history, conquer polio, TB, measles, and then with further advances and initiatives, go on to address pneumoccal pneumonia, malaria and eventually, HIV/AIDS.

“Today we come together - donor governments, health agencies and developing countries - with the certainty that we have the knowledge and the power to save millions of lives through our efforts.?

The programme has been backed by Norway, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and international organisations including: the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, the European Commission and the African Development Bank.


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