Systemic Failure

Andreas Wulf


This paper was originally published in German on December 27, 2013 in E+Z Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit.* The text published here is based on an English translation that was published by D+C Development and Cooperation,† the sister publica-tion of E+Z Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit.

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When national healthcare systems fail, the ef-fects can be global: epidemics spread across bor-ders, causing new outbreaks of serious diseases. Ac-cordingly, health is a global public good and provid-ing good health care is an international responsibil-ity.

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