IMF Policies and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

GLOBAL HEALTH GOVERNANCE: CRISIS, INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY, Adrian Kay and Owain Williams, eds., London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2008-14

21 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2009

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Ross P. Buckley

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Jonathon Baker

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Date Written: April 2, 2008

Abstract

This paper analyses the impact of IMF policies, initially Structural Adjustment Policies and more recently Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, upon healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa. Case studies are undertaken of healthcare outcomes in Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana. Regional statistics for infant mortality and life expectancy are also considered. However viewed, the Fund’s policies have been disastrous – diverting funds from much needed healthcare into foreign debt repayment and foreign exchange reserves, and imposing salary caps that encourage the flight of local doctors abroad. There are few better investments for any developing nation than the health of its own people. The Fund and its policies need to be reconceptualised.

Keywords: Banking and Finance

Suggested Citation

Buckley, Ross P. and Baker, Jonathon, IMF Policies and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa (April 2, 2008). GLOBAL HEALTH GOVERNANCE: CRISIS, INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY, Adrian Kay and Owain Williams, eds., London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2008-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1392064

Ross P. Buckley

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Jonathon Baker (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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