Health research call to action?

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;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54025/ 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;http://www.bamako2008.org/

Elie Dolgin
Nov 20, 2008
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;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54025/ 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;http://www.bamako2008.org/ __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.;http://www.scidev.net/en/news/bamako-call-to-action-unites-69-countries-on-healt.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=en_news But critics said the document was too similar to the call made at the previous linkurl:Ministerial Summit on Health Research;http://www.who.int/rpc/summit/en/ meeting in 2004, and that it lacked...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!
Already a member?