$66 billion needed for health by 2015
Current investment in health in developing countries needs to be more than doubled, WHO's Director-General, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, told the Organization's Executive Board on Monday 14 January. "But no matter how much the least developed countries invest, there will be a substantial gap which needs to be filled through development assistance ... By 2015, US$ 66 billion will be needed, of which just over half will have to be covered by international development assistance." These figures are based on the estimates made by the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, whose report came out on 20 December 2001 (see Editorials).
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria would fill some of this gap. The Fund, which Dr Brundtland described as "a groundbreaking mechanism designed to achieve full synergy between the public and private sectors and nongovernmental organizations", will have the full support of WHO, she said. It has now received commitments of US$1.5 billion.
Further information can be obtained from http://www.who.int/inf/en/pr-2002-01.html