Developed countries neglect poverty and social development.
The obligation to advocate for and act on behalf of the poor rests not only with politicians but also with health professionals. Organisations representing doctors and other health workersfrom the most local to WHO-should be on the front line of this work. Yet the societies, centres, colleges, offices, clubs, institutes and councils of medicine have largely abandoned the poor, preferring instead to advocate for themselves. Where are the arguments supporting the wider responsibilities of medicine for the health and development agenda? Why are they not calling their political leaders to account? Most egregious, given its vast budget, resources and the international respect it commands, is the silence from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its Fogarty International Center. On human development, NIH, whose budget has been increased by over a billion dollars for bioterrorism research, is quiet at a time when it has unprecedented political responsibility. The fact is that without substantial additional aid, there will be more deaths among the poor than the conscience of the rich should be able to bear. (1)
(1.) Horton R. The health (and wealth) of nations. At: <www.thelancet.com/search/search.isa>, 26 September 2002.
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|Title Annotation:||Law and Policy; International Conference on Financing for Development|
|Publication:||Reproductive Health Matters|
|Date:||May 1, 2003|
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