IMF (Infant Mortality Fund)
The International Monetary Fund could be bad for your health. The organisation loans money to countries with financial problems, and in return requires governments to undertake «structural adjustment» policies aimed at improving their financial management.
These usually cut government spending to control inflation. Critics have long charged that this reduces spending on healthcare, so much so that some have called for the organisation to be renamed the «Infant Mortality Fund».
David Stuckler and colleagues at the University of Cambridge have now tested this by analyzing TB data in 21 countries in central and eastern Europe that were involved with the IMF for different amounts of time after 1989 and borrowed different amounts of money.
They found these were associated with 13% more TB cases, and 16% more deaths.
Utilsiktet konsekvens eller en del av planen? Les saken på New Scientist. Dette er den samme banken som svindlet milliarder i «gjenoppbyggingen» av Russland.