Health Care Experts Speak on Economic Impact of AIDS at U.N. Economic Summit
Improving health care in developing nations "is the first step to fostering economic development," Harvard economics professor Jeffrey Sachs said yesterday at a news briefing at the U.N. International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sachs, who headed up a recent WHO committee study on the correlation between public health and economic development, discussed the study findings that AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria prohibit economic growth in many developing nations. "Monterrey can be a turning point in this division between rich and poor," Sachs said, adding, "There is nothing more important in economic development than helping the poor stay alive to become productive members of society." WHO Director of Health and Development Andrew Cassels added, "We hope people come out of Monterrey thinking that health care isn't just important in its own right, but that it's a key strategy in building a sound economy" (Kraul/Chen, Los Angeles Times, 3/21).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.