Aid donors and the World Bank are wasting money and
risking lives by pushing unproven and discredited private healthcare programs
in developing countries, international agency Oxfam
said. Oxfam’s warning comes in a new report, ‘Blind Optimism: Challenging
the myths about private health care in poor countries.
Anna Marriott, author of the report, said: ‘Donors
hold romantic views of private sector health providers despite considerable evidence of their poor performance
globally. For the most part, private health care in poor countries is made up
of unqualified shopkeepers selling out-of-date medicines. Would you want that for
your sick baby?