Dire Dependency

Over the next 20 years, Nigeria’s health system faces implosion as foreign funds expire.
A failure to prioritize health spending means global grants fund most of the country’s health care. The government currently slates less than 5% of its budget for health, but increased taxes and a thoughtful plan could end reliance on foreign funds, says Gates Foundation’s country director, Paulin Basinga. This reliance has also driven down development: Dollars spent on imported drugs don’t spur in-country manufacturing and development.
“We cannot develop the sector if we do not give it the funding it deserves,” says health minister Isaac Adewole.

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