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Non-communicable diseases and the Paris Declaration

Nirmala Ravishankar and colleagues (June 20, p 2087)1 present the results of a formidable undertaking: to collect, analyse, and track donor assistance for health for almost two decades. Although the researchers recognise and acknowledge shortcomings in their data analysis, more worrisome is that it took a monumental effort by an experienced and well connected team to complete work that should be readily available. One reason for this is that the global health architecture now includes a patchwork of private donors and foundations.


Nugent, R., Yach, D., & Feigl, AB. (2009). Non-communicable diseases and the Paris Declaration. Lancet, 374(9692), 784-785. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61589-0