The Transition from Aid

What does it mean for the UK’s engagement with health systems in middle-income countries?


Thursday, January 25, 2018

This discussion paper makes the case that for aid to alleviate extreme poverty in the poorest countries, but also to create commercial opportunities in better off countries, it is important to recognise the role of UK engagement with middle-income countries (MICs). In particular, that the UK’s healthcare sector should be seen as a vital component of this revised approach to aid as the economies of MICs continue to grow. The NHS is widely regarded as the UK’s most treasured institution, and yet its potential as a driver of development and commercial exchange between the UK and other countries is under developed.

In the context of Brexit, and the UK’s desire to remain an outward-looking country open to partnerships and new ideas, the principles underpinning the NHS also make it an attractive partner for many MICs as they seek to extend equitable Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for their populations. As such, the paper believes that the NHS should be viewed as a great potential "export" for the UK commercial community (UK plc), in much the same way as Higher Education.

Resource type: report

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