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G-8 leaders should invest more in public health, key agencies say

G-8 leaders should invest more in public health, key agencies say

The heads of key organizations involved in public health called on leading industrialized countries Monday to invest more in fighting disease.
The G-8 leaders should step up long-term efforts to combat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polio and other health threats to build on progress they have made from previous commitments, said the heads of U.N. agencies and other organizations.
In an open letter to the International Herald Tribune they said new commitments by the leaders at the G-8 summit in Toyako, Japan, in July would reduce child deaths, undernutrition and global diseases. They also could provide more clean water and sanitation to people around the world. The members of the Group of Eight are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United States.
Previous commitments by the G-8 contributed to increasing HIV treatment in poor countries, reducing the number of malaria deaths in parts of Africa, halting tuberculosis epidemics in some countries and bringing polio close to eradication.
But critics say there has been little progress toward the goal of achieving universal access to comprehensive prevention programs, treatment and care for the diseases, or toward developing and strengthening African health systems.
"Better health in the developing world is a vital contribution to our collective security," the agencies said.
"A world that neglects the health of people is neither stable nor secure," said the letter.
It was signed by the heads of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNAIDS, the U.N. Population Fund, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the GAVI Alliance, which works toward greater access to vaccines and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Also backing the letter was the World Bank.


Updated : 2021-05-14 19:58 GMT+08:00