Study Finds Mixed Actions by Countries After Receiving Health Aid

Some African countries cut back on their health spending after receiving health care aid from international donors, The Associated Press reports. The newspaper quoted findings of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded study, which found that finance ministers in several African nations reduced the budget they earmarked for their health departments after receiving international aid.

Alternatively, the same study, which was published by medical journal Lancet, found that some countries in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East doubled their health budgets even after receiving international assistance.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    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.