Implementing the Millennium Development Goals

Health Inequality and the Role of Global Health Partnerships

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This Note examines the extent of health inequalities within and between countries and analyses ways in which global health partnerships (GHPs) – an innovative and important vehicle for international cooperation – can alleviate health inequality so as to support developing countries in achieving internationally agreed goals in health, including the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).



Assessing global health partnerships: additional considerations

The proliferation of GHPs has had both positive and negative effects on the capacities of developing countries in tackling health problems. One of the most visible contributions of the GHPs has been the integration of agents and resources from various spheres (public and private) into a common and discrete goal. The GHPs thus set a framework within which different perspectives come together to establish formulas for consensus based on the experience and knowledge of all participants. On the negative side, the partnerships have imposed a toll on the coherence of the overall international aid system.


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