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If the global media were your only source of information, you could be forgiven for thinking that the world's biggest health concern right now is the Zika virus, or that last year it was Ebola – or SARS and the Avian Flu before that.When it comes to public health, the countries where the world's poorest billion people live spend, on average, a measly $15 annually per person.In total, these poorest countries account for about half of the world's population.On current trends, it is expected that spending on public health in low-income countries will rise to $23 per person by 2030, because countries will be richer.For lower middle-income countries, the average public health expenditure will be $85; increasing this by another $128 would save almost 5 million additional lives by 2030 .For the poorest 1 billion people, each dollar spent improving health care across the board would do $13 worth of good, because there are many relatively easy things to improve.Strengthening developing countries' capacity to identify and manage known national and global health risks – the true global killers, such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS – is an excellent investment.
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