$196 Billion; Little Proof UN Health Programs Work

LONDON (AP) - In the last two decades, the world has spent more
than $196 billion trying to save people from death and disease in
poor countries.

But just what the world's gotten for its money isn't clear,
according to two studies published in the medical journal Lancet.

Researchers found some benefits, like increased diagnosis of
tuberculosis cases and higher vaccination rates. But they also
concluded some U.N. programs hurt health care in Africa by
disrupting basic services and leading some countries to slash their
health spending.

Some experts are surprised how long it took simply to consider
if the world's health investment has paid off. Lancet editor
Richard Horton says it's "scandalous" and "reckless" that
health officials haven't carefully measured how they used the
world's money.


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