Unexpected low-income contributions to health funding

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Among the usual suspects who promised maternal and child health in Oslo this week were two less familiar donors. The Global Fund supported by the World Bank could be a little comforting to the fact that, together with Norway, Canada and the United Kingdom, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast have also offered support.

The GFF, looking for up to $ 2 billion in new commitments in 2018-23, merges donor, philanthropic and private sector funds with subsidized loans and public sector commitments to the healthcare expenditures of beneficiary countries. Seeing two low-income countries that claimed to maintain or increase investment was promising.

This week managed to generate only $ 1 billion in total new commitments, including continued support from Japan and Germany – at least while Angela Merkel remains chancellor.

Some have criticized the complexity of the GFF and the slowness of the supply. However, as the latest data from the Global Burden of Disease study shows, there is a need for significant fresh money and innovative partnerships if the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including health objectives, have some chance of being met by 2030 .

Three questions

George Gao, director general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, organizer of the first World Flu Day on November 1st.

What is the role of the Chinese CDC?

Our goal is how to protect China from disease. This starts with prevention. We have become much better thanks to Sars lessons of 15 years ago: in 2015, we had only one case of Mers [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome]. This reflects a decade of investment. Viruses do not have passports. With the Belt and Road Initiative, we are also addressing public health and disease control externally as in Africa. Like the United Kingdom, France, the United States and Germany, China wants to be involved in global health.

Why did you decide to launch the world day of influence in China?

Influenza is the most important disease. He has historically killed so many people. We must tell the public that they should be immunized; that they should change their mind and stay home if they are infected; and to get a treatment. With the World Day of Influenza we would have liked to commemorate 1918, underline the importance of basic research, raise public awareness and ensure that the government supports efforts, including stocks of drug preparation. and vaccines.

What are your priorities?

We need science-based investments, because we can know what we know and know what we do not know, but science helps us with what we do not know we do not know. We also need public understanding to support this investment. That's why I got a loan for a sculpture of an influenza virus. We need a mix of public, private and non-profit funding to tackle public health.

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