Global push seeks greater spending to improve health

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lawrence Summers has a new mission.

The former U.S. Treasury secretary and chief economic adviser to President Obama is looking to improve the world’s health dramatically over the next 20 years. Part of his job is to persuade governments – mostly in low- and lower-middle-income countries – to spend tens of billions of dollars a year to get there.

Summers was at UCSF Tuesday evening to present a report, “Global Health 2035,” that recommends “a grand convergence” of the international health community “around infectious, child and maternal mortality; major reductions in the incidence and consequences of non-communicable diseases and injuries; and the promise of ’pro-poor’ universal health coverage.”

“It’s a remarkable opportunity before us,” Summers said. “It is not something that can be taken for granted. It is not something that will automatically happen. It will require resources, will and competence. But the argument of this report is that it is feasible.”

Source: San Francisco Chronicle (link opens in a new window)

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