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Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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KIRIGIA, Joses Muthuri  and  DIARRA-NAMA, Alimata J. Can countries of the WHO African Region wean themselves off donor funding for health?. Bull World Health Organ [online]. 2008, vol.86, n.11, pp. 889-892. ISSN 0042-9686.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0042-96862008001100020.

More than 20% of total health expenditure in 48% of the 46 countries in the WHO African Region is provided by external sources. Issues surrounding aid effectiveness suggest that these countries ought to implement strategies for weaning off aid dependency. This paper broaches the following question: what are some of the strategies that countries of the region can employ to wean off donor funding for health? Five strategies are discussed: reduction in economic inefficiencies; reprioritizing public expenditures; raising additional tax revenues; increased private sector involvement in health development; and fighting corruption.

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