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Norway true blue election victory could be bad for global health. Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg losing next month’s general election might lead to a decline in health worldwide, according to an article in medical journal The Lancet. “A reduction in Norway’s overseas aid programme is likely, together with a downsizing of Norway’s leadership role in global affairs,” writes Editor Richard Horton. Norway has not only pledged over USD 1,46 billion (almost NOK 8.9 billion) to Bill Gates’ Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) fund, but the country’s commitment to Global Fund for AIDS ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ has also become a major issue for heads of state around the world.

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Norway true blue election victory could be bad for global health

Published on Wednesday, 28th August, 2013 at 17:32 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg losing next month’s general election might lead to a decline in health worldwide, according to an article in medical journal The Lancet.

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“A reduction in Norway’s overseas aid programme is likely, together with a downsizing of Norway’s leadership role in global affairs,” writes Editor Richard Horton.

Norway has not only pledged over USD 1,46 billion (almost NOK 8.9 billion) to Bill Gates’ Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) fund, but the country’s commitment to Global Fund for AIDS ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ has also become a major issue for heads of state around the world.

Norway has also given USD 580 million (some NOK 3.51 billion) to The Global Fund, an international financing institution to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

According to Mr Horton, a Rightist 9 September win would mean “Norway’s international footprint will become smaller and global health will, as a result, become substantially poorer. It is no exaggeration to say that Norway’s national election will have a large international impact.”

It is quite possible that Conservatives (H) will form a coalition with the right-wing nationalist and libertarian Progress Party (FrP). This could prove to be the worst possible outcome for Norway’s position in global health,” he underlines.

Norwegian Minister of Health Jonas Gahr Støre called the article “an important recognition of the work that has been conducted with considerable energy in recent years without having any great attention paid to it by the Norwegian media.”

“The Lancet is a very reputable journal that follows global health closely,” he also told Leftist publication Klassekampen, adding he is frugal in his criticism of others.

“I like to believe the best in others, and don’t wish to suspect anyone of being against a good cause. But I think FrP underestimates how much this work requires both regarding money and commitment with its major aid foreign cut [proposal].”

Norway put global health as a priority in 2007 when it came to foreign policy decision-making.

Labour won 2009’s general election with 35 per cent of the vote against the Conservatives’ 17 per cent.

However, Mr Horton cites predictions as suggesting these percentages might be 29 and 31, respectively.

Published on Wednesday, 28th August, 2013 at 17:32 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: norwayelections, pollingdaynorway, norwayhealth.





  
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