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.



Special Health Problems: Island Developing and Other Specially Disadvantaged Countries

In the communiqué issued after their meeting in Lusaka in August 1979, Commonwealth Heads of Government “welcomed the opportunity to discuss the special disadvantages that beset the growing number of smaller member countries, particularly the island developing countries and certain other specially disadvantaged member countries. They agreed that in order to offset the disadvantages of small size, isolation and scarce resources which severely limit the capacity of such countries to achieve their development objectives or to pursue their national interests in a wider international context, special measures of support were required”.


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