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.
The World Bank announced in early July that it is to make available $500 million in loans to help countries combat the growing threat of AIDS.
Missing the Target reviews progress towards the international development targets for 2015, highlighting the danger that none of the targets will be met.
In July, the United States Congress passed legislation aiming to bar the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank from imposing “user fees” on primary health care and education on poor countries.
A short report Inspection or Eyewash? discusses the visit of World Bank officials to hospitals of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) on 8 May.
The IMF and World Bank will participate in a commission of eminent economists chaired by Jeffrey Sachs on Macroeconomics and Health.
A December, 1999 study by Dr. Vineeta Gupta of Insaaf International alleges serious malpractice in the World Bank’s Reproductive and Child Health Project in Punjab, India.
A report launched in June condemns World Bank support for medical waste incineration.
The Women’s Eyes campaign was launched by women’s movements and NGOs to monitor World Bank progress in bringing its lending operations in line with the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women Beijing Women’s Summit in 1995.
The World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Unit recently criticised Bank loans for Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP).