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Editorial
June 16, 2015

Development Assistance for HealthPotential Contribution to the Post-2015 Agenda

Author Affiliations
  • 1London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England
JAMA. 2015;313(23):2328-2330. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5790

Despite economic growth in low-income countries, the internal resources available to some governments will be inadequate to support the delivery of health care to their populations for years to come.1 Approximately 150 million people worldwide experience catastrophic expenditure annually to cover out-of-pocket payments for health.1 Despite substantial progress, 6.6 million children who were younger than 5 years died in 2012 and a quarter of all children younger than 5 years were stunted (having an inadequate height or length for age).2 Almost 300 000 women died in 2013 of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.2 Against this background, the study by Dieleman and colleagues3 in this issue of JAMA makes a substantial contribution to the current understanding of the flow of development assistance for health (DAH) and how these resources can contribute to the achievement of international health goals.

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