Ireland Urged to Protect Health Aid Budget

Ireland should ring-fence its aid budget for health programs in developing countries and keep its commitment to increase foreign aid spending to 0.7 of its gross domestic product, a network of local health experts and organizations said.

The Irish Forum for Global Health voiced its concern over more cuts in Ireland’s foreign aid budget, which was slashed as part of the country’s sweeping austerity plan.

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“Ireland has a responsibility to help address the health needs of developing countries. While health in Ireland has steadily improved, the gap has widened between Ireland and the least developed countries,” IFGH noted.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.