Ministers from more than 60 developing world nations called for urgent action to improve health research this week, although it's unclear what on-the-ground changes will actually be made. Governments should invest 2% of their linkurl:health budgets; on research and engage further with the private sector, the ministers said at the closing event of the three-day__ linkurl:Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health; __in Bamako, Mali. The recommendations were part of a wish list of priorities -- called the "Bamako Call to Action" -- that aims to improve overall health research capacity through better coordination between countries. The communiqué would be "used as a blueprint for research development approaches," said a World Health Organization delegate, according to the linkurl:Science and Development Network.; But critics said the document was too similar to the call made at the previous linkurl:Ministerial Summit on Health Research; meeting in 2004, and that it lacked...

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