Special Health Problems of Island Developing and other Specially Disadvantaged Countries

Report of a Meeting of Experts, London, 21–25 January 1980

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This is the report of an expert group, convened to focus on the special health problems of island developing and other specially disadvantaged countries. The members of the expert group were invited to examine the problems and to make recommendations as to how they should most effectively be tackled, by individual governments, by regional groups of countries and by the Commonwealth Secretariat and other agencies, within available resources.

This report includes a list of the conclusions reached, a summary of the discussions, an introductory paper prepared by the Secretariat, papers prepared by participants who led the discussion on particular topics, and other papers contributed by participants.



Managerial Training for Middle-Level Health Administrative Personnel

As we approach the end of this first month in the penultimate decade of the twentieth century, it is altogether fitting that we are meeting to consider the special health problems of smaller states and to discuss methods which can be utilised to alleviate or resolve those problems. Criticism, as many of you are aware, has been expressed in a number of quarters regarding the 1978 Declaration of Alma Ata which states, inter alia, that “a main social target of governments…should be the attainment by all peoples of the world by the year 2000 of a level of health that will permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life.” Without entering into that debate, it appears most unlikely that smaller states will achieve this “main social target” by the beginning of the next century unless special attantion is given to their unique problems.


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