Published on March 20, 2013 at 6:42 AM
Noting "Mozambique has become the latest African country to implement a financial transaction tax (FTT) and airplane levy to fund health services in developing countries, part of the UNITAID initiative," IRIN interviews Philippe Douste-Blazy, board chair of the international financing mechanism, "about the state of play in innovative health financing." According to the interview transcript, Douste-Blazy discusses "why we do innovative financing," examines why more countries have not joined UNITAID, and "explain[s] the U.S. government's reluctance" to participate (3/19).
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