A new year's resolution after a lost decade
David Weatherall says it is time the universities of the rich world forged real partnerships with the developing world
All in all, 2003 has not been the best of years. The war in Iraq has been followed by the further destabilisation of the Middle East; the spin doctoring activities of government on both sides of the Atlantic have left their populations increasingly distrustful of politicians; and, closer to home, we have been regaled almost daily by stories of a dysfunctional healthcare system and the incompetence of doctors. Yet buried beneath all this gloom, and only rarely mentioned by the media, is the disturbing fact that over the past 10 years the already huge gap in the economic standing and state of health between the poor and rich countries of the world has widened even further. For many in the developing world it has been a decade of lost opportunity.
Although during the 1990s gross domestic product per head in the developing countries grew by 1.6% a year, and the