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BRICS bringing new resources and approaches to health and development as other donors lag
Date:3/26/2012

NEW DELHI, 26 March 2012 Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are injecting new resources, momentum and innovation into efforts to improve health in the world's poorest countries, according to a report released on the eve of the 2012 BRICS Summit. Coming as many traditional donors reduce or slow their spending, the report explores the expanding influence of the BRICS on global health and development.

While all five countries have been engaged in foreign assistance for decades, the report finds that the size and scope of their efforts have grown rapidly along with their economies. Although G7 donors still provide far more total assistance, the report estimates that the average annual growth in the BRICS' foreign assistance spending between 2005 and 2010 was more than ten times higher than that of the G7.

"Over the last decade, the BRICS have begun to transition from aid-dependent to emerging global actors with significant geopolitical influence," said Dr. Blessed Okole, Senior General Manager for Infrastructure and Planning at South Africa's Technology Innovation Agency. "With some donors facing financial challenges, the BRICS will play an increasingly important role in improving health in less-developed countries."

The report, by Global Health Strategies initiatives (GHSi), an international nonprofit working to improve health in developing countries, is based on a detailed analysis of the BRICS' global health and development efforts and the contributions of their innovative health programs. The report was released in New Delhi, India, where the BRICS Summit, including a heads of government meeting, will be held from 28-29 March.

"The BRICS are contributing significant new resources to global health and development efforts; just as importantly, they are establishing new models for cooperation that challenge the way we think about foreign assistance," said David Gold, one of GHSi's co-founders. "With growing capaci
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Contact: Benjamin Humphrey
bhumphrey@ghstrat.com
GHS initiatives
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