The international development community needs to rethink its strategy for health systems strengthening — a current buzz topic following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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Foreign aid should empower developing countries to create their own health systems rather than wait for others to do the job for them, according to Gro Harlem Brundtland, United Nations special envoy on climate change and deputy chair of The Elders, a network of seasoned global leaders launched in 2007 by the late Nelson Mandela.
“If we turn around the thinking that somebody out there is going to come in and create health systems in poor countries, we are really on the wrong track,” Brundtland said in a recent video interview.
Click on the above video to learn why developing countries don’t need to grow their economies before building their health systems, according to the former Norwegian prime minister and head of the World Health Organization.
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