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Health Care For The Poorest: Are Governments Delivering On Their Commitments?

Health Care For The Poorest20 August - GSW produced “Providing health care for the world’s poorest: are governments delivering on their commitments?”, a brief pdf to inform and support Oxfam and partners health campaigning. Using GSW data it analyses progress by developing countries - with a focus on Africa - in meeting two key financial targets for health spending. It finds that far too many countries are not meeting these targets, and investment in health in many countries is not growing at a sufficiently ambitious level. It concludes that with less than 500 days to go to fulfill the MDGs, this is no time to be reducing or slowing down spending. Estimates suggest that in 2015 one million child deaths will still need to be prevented to achieve the MDG goal 4 of cutting child deaths by two-thirds. On current progress, the world will not meet MDG 4 until 2028, which is 13 years later than the target deadline. Meanwhile, to meet the target of reducing maternal mortality by two-thirds, progress would need to be quadrupled between now and 2015.