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EU must do more for health of world’s poor


Still from Alliance video in Uganda

In a recent trip to Uganda the Alliance saw first hand the struggle healthcare professionals are having getting treatment for people living with HIV.

On World Health Day 2010 (7 April) the Alliance called on EU decision makers to act urgently to meet targets on delivering healthcare to the world’s poorest countries.


The Alliance is a member of Action for Global Health, which has published a new report, ‘2010 Reality Check’. Evidence from the report shows time is running out for the UK and the rest of Europe to deliver promises on health funding.

The study shows the UK spent more than £850 million on overseas health aid in 2008 – the most in Europe but that is still just over half (58%) of the figure needed to meet the Millennium Development Goal commitments on health with only five years left to hit the target.

Elaine Ireland, the Alliance’s representative for Action for Global Health said, “EU leaders need to commit to the World Health Organisation’s call for 0.1% of GNI to ensure universal access to healthcare for people in developing countries.

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“We are calling on EU leaders to support free healthcare at the point of use in developing countries, ensure that there are enough medics and involve communities in making decisions about their health.”


The EU still has no comprehensive strategy for tackling health inequalities that exist between rich and poor countries. In Sierra Leone for example, a doctor consultation currently costs the equivalent of 25 days of one person’s income. Each year TB, HIV and malaria jointly kill over 5 million people at a cost of millions of dollars to the economies of low income countries.

“The 0.1 per cent target if met can provide concrete support to the fight against poverty-related but preventable illnesses such as HIV, TB, death in childbirth and child mortality,” said Ireland.

    Each year TB, HIV and malaria jointly kill over 5 million people