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Italy: NGOs call for more money for health

23 Settembre Set 2007 0200 23 settembre 2007

Action for Global Health presented the Italian edition of Health Warning, a report that calls the attention to the most urgent global health issues, in Rome on the 18th September

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Action for Global Health presented the Italian edition of Health Warning, a report that calls the attention to the most urgent global health issues, in Rome on the 18th September

Action for Global Health is an international pressure group made up of 15 NGOs. The Italian edition of Health Warning, a report that calls the attention to the most urgent issues, was presented in Rome on the 18th September.

Aid for development in Italy faces a phase of deep crisis, both financially and strategically, and is seeking solutions. Action for Global Health?s Health Warning that was presented in Rome voiced complaints to the Italian government, saying that the amount of aid that has been put aside to support the UN?s Millennium Objectives are ?still weak, both qualitatively and quantitatively?.

Nine recommendations were proposed, including:

  • 15% of public foreign aid should go to the development of health services;
  • Development and aid should be reformed, especially in terms of the amount of resources allocated and the promotion of quality delivery;
  • Italy should promote the holistic strengthening of health systems and not ?top down? interventions;
  • Gender issues should be taken into consideration in all programmes and projects, including a review of gender policies and empowerment policies towards women in all programmes and projects financed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and by the other actors of international cooperation;
  • Transparency and availability of data relative to the millennium development objectives should be increased, especially those that concern health;
  • Italy should fulfil the debt cancellations promised in 2000 with the law 209/2000 and should also take an active role in initiatives aimed at cancelling multilateral debts;
  • Ethical standards and transparency of public-private partnerships should be guaranteed by the definition of guiding principles for such partnerships.

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