Rich nations should pay more to developing countries
- By: Fiona Fleck
The World Health Organization called this week for more resources to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and to improve maternal and child health in a global push to halve extreme poverty by 2015.
The appeal to wealthy nations came a day after the Harvard economist Jeffrey Sachs delivered a report to the United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, entitled Investing in Development, about how to salvage efforts to achieve the millennium development goals. Interim reports published in September showed that the world will fall far short of most of the goals to reduce poverty and improve health in developing countries by 2015.
Professor Sachs, who directed the three year UN Millennium Project, made proposals on how to get the goals back on track. Three of the eight development goals (about child mortality; maternal health; and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases) relate directly to health. The others relate indirectly to