Two new studies by the ICFTU and EURODAD add to concerns about the impact of the Bank’s Private Sector Development strategy on access to health services by the poor. Leaked IFC documents reveal the Corporation’s intention to invest in private health care in situations where other investors are reluctant.
In February the World Bank’s Board will consider a new Private Sector Development Strategy.
In 2000 the US Congress passed a law requiring the government to oppose loans that includes user fees for basic health or education services.
A new global fund to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria will be administered by the World Bank in collaboration with WHO and UNAIDS.
The global economic slowdown and donor countries’ differing views on what to do about it, pushed issues related to the world’s poorest nations to the sidelines of public debate on this year’s spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank.
Washington, DC, 26 April, 2001 - Italy and UK are taking the lead among G7 partners to set up a global trust fund of $1 billion to provide cheaper drugs for poor countries.
Franck Almaric of the Society for International Development has sharply criticised the Italian government’s draft strategy for the G8 summit.
Prepared for the World Bank-IMF Spring meetings 2001, a short analysis of the World Bank’s understanding of the global public goods and which areas it plans to concentrate on.
The People’s Health Conference 2000 criticized the World Bank’s health policies for being “anti-Third World”.
The US government has been forced to adopt legislation requiring it to oppose IMF and WB loans, which contain conditions for the imposition of user fees for primary education or primary health care.