On Poor Nations’ Most-Wanted List: Sustainable Approaches to Healthcare
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Governments and nonprofit aid organizations need to create a market for drugs, build better healthcare delivery systems, and keep trained medical personnel from leaving the developing world if they are to improve health in the world’s poorest countries, according to panelists who spoke at a Wharton Social Impact Management conference in January.
Non-government organizations (NGOs) are considering a new approach to healthcare delivery that is based on human resources rather than on building physical infrastructure, said Steve Sammut, a Wharton lecturer and venture partner with Burrill & Co., who moderated the panel on international public health. “This thinking goes back 30 or 40 years, but it has only recently grabbed the attention of NGOs through the tragedy of AIDS and its economic impact not only on the developing world but across its borders.”
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