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10 facts on universal health coverage

A girl and baby, Afghanistan
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Only eight of the world’s 49 poorest countries have any chance of financing a set of basic services with their own domestic resources by 2015

Increased external support is vital. Global solidarity is needed to support the poorest countries. If high-income countries were to immediately keep their international commitments for official development assistance, the estimated shortfall in funds to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals would be virtually eliminated.

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