UK government launches health initiative for developing world

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The UK government's Department for International Development has
launched anew policy document outlining its strategy to tackle
health problems indeveloping...

The UK government's Department for International Development has launched anew policy document outlining its strategy to tackle health problems indeveloping countries, the British Medical Journal reported this week. Thepaper is one of a set that collectively aims to define what needs to be doneto achieve the ambitious international development targets agreed by theUnited Nations and recently endorsed by the G8 countries in Okinawa, Japan. Four responses are seen as "crucial" to achieving the targets that relateto health. Firstly, poverty and ill health to be tackled, secondly investmentin health systems, thirdly health education and finally access to clean waterand sanitation. In a related move, Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of theExchequer, announced last week that Britain would stop taking debt repaymentsfrom 41 of the world's poorest countries. The repayments, amounting to £1.6bn($2.24), will instead be used to fight poverty in the debtor countries.

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