Overcoming Ebola – why we need to be in it for the long haul

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International Health Policies
International health policies (IHP) blog is an initiative of the ‘Health Policy unit’ at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM), and fits in the wider project of “Strategic Network on International Health Policies.” It is in line with the ITM objective of “Switching the Poles,” aiming to increase the influence of the Global South on the global health debate.

By Gorik Ooms

Gorik wrote this blog together with Rachel Hammonds, Remco Van de Pas, Sara Van Belle, Kristof Decoster and Wim Van Damme (all ITM)

In December 2006, Gorik Ooms and colleagues argued that humanity may need some kind of “world health insurance” to realize the right to health. Concurring, Wim Van Damme added that it should take the form of a world social health insurance which strengthens health systems in low-income countries. In a nutshell, we argued for a Global Fund for Health Systems that would allow even the poorest countries’ governments to spend US$35 per person per year on building and maintaining basic but robust health systems. On top of increased domestic efforts, this required at the time 0.1% of the GDP of high-income countries, or just 10 cents out of every $100 produced. (Today, a similar effort would allow the poorest countries’ governments to spend US$80 per person per year on health systems.)

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