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Developing nations urged to invest
- Subject: Developing nations urged to invest
- From: suriya@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 02:08:00
Subject: Developing nations urged to invest in social sector
November 17, 1998
urged to invest in
Tailor spending to the poor, says Anand
Developing countries, including Thailand, should allocate at least 20
percent of their spending to the social sector despite economic
problems, said former prime minister Anand Panyarachun.
He yesterday told over 300 participants attending an international
health conference that spending needed to have a bais towards the
poor majority. The former PM said although many countries spent 20
percent of government budgets on health, education, water supplies
and sanitation, no developing country or donor had spent as high a
percentage when using money borrowed from abroad.
Mr Anand, who is also Thailand's Ambassador to the Unicef, said if
this money was to be better targeted then recipients and donors should
take the initiative.
"I see that some major objectives such as Aids prevention and care or
the ending of trafficking of women and children, also deserve special
national or even regional plans, endorsed at the highest political level,"
He added that it was necessary to harmonise contributions from the
government, the private sector, and NGOs.
And he said it was necessary to invest more in health research, saying
that although developing countries accounted for 90 percent of the
world's burden of illness and disability, "excluding Aids research, only
five percent of the global health expenditures on health research is
devoted to the health problems of developing countries".
Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, who attended the opening of the
conference on Sunday, said the authorities concerned would have to
come up with a new way of managing people in the health sector.
He said that although health personnel were scattered across the
country, most doctors were based in the metropolis.
"Personally, I always say that, as a prime minister, I cannot make
everybody equally rich, but I will try, by all means, to make all people
- rich or poor - equal before the law. I should now add: equal in the
right to health," said Mr Chuan.
The "Global Public Health Perspective: Challenges for the Future"
conference was organised by Mahidol University in Bangkok.
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