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‘15by2015’ - A Campaign to Strengthen Primary Healthcare Around the World
Date:3/10/2008

LONDON, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Tanzania, 2007. A male patient is admitted to a hospital with pneumonia and possibly HIV. Due to staffing problems and improper handling, the patient is not seen for a week. Upon finally being seen, he is found to be HIV negative. Because he does not have HIV he has to pay for all expenses, totaling more than his monthly earnings. If he were HIV positive, the entire stay, all medication, and all tests would be free.

This experience demonstrates the growing crisis in health and healthcare in developing countries. Basic health services are seriously underfunded and doctors are abandoning their home countries. While donor money pours in, it usually focuses on single diseases like AIDS, while the death rate remains higher for common conditions like malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory tract infections.

This story, which appeared in the British Medical Journal, March 2008, highlights one of the most important challenges for developing countries: the allocation of donor money in healthcare. The campaign "15by2015" asks donor organisations to allocate a part of their disease-specific funding towards sustainable comprehensive primary healthcare delivered by multidisciplinary teams, accessible and affordable for all.

Quality healthcare for all

The eight millennium development goals, http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals, form a blueprint agreed upon by all the countries worldwide and the leading development organisations to make unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world's poorest, by the target date of 2015. Improvement of health and healthcare are leading priorities.

With the campaign "15by2015" we want to make all influencing stakeholders aware of an adequate strategy to improve healthcare. Quality healthcare, accessible and affordable, is a right for all; but how to attain it is not always that clear.

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