Global Health

Healthcare costs are pushing millions into extreme poverty. This outrage must end 

A girl is treated by a medic at the Aweil State Hospital in Aweil, the only hospital in the South Sudanese state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, June 2, 2012. As in many developing nations, international aid is both an invaluable help to South Sudan and a crutch that sometimes enables it to avoid reality. Development experts have grown more sophisticated in recent decades about how they deliver aid. But in fragile states such as South Sudan, getting the balance right between helping a country and helping that country help itself remains incredibly difficult. Picture taken June 2, 2012.   To match Special Report SOUTH-SUDAN/AID  REUTERS/Adriane Ohanesian (SOUTH SUDAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY HEALTH SOCIETY) - GM1E87A0K9L01

At least half of the world’s 7.3 billion people still do not have access to essential health services Image: REUTERS/Adriane Ohanesian

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
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