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Foreign Investment In African Health Programs Should Lead To More Local Investment Over Long Term

Washington Post: Moving Africa toward health self-sufficiency
Michael Gerson, opinion writer

“…On global health in particular, the United States and Tanzania have performed wonders together over the last decade. … But amid this success, one statistic should cause concern. In 2002, Tanzania’s public sector accounted for about 25 percent of health expenditures in the country. A decade later, this had fallen to 21 percent — with foreign donors providing 48 percent of total health expenditures. … Ten-plus years after a massive American scale up of global health programs, success is properly measured in the millions of lives saved. Ten years from now, it should also be measured by the local capacity to save millions more” (3/2).

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