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Bangladesh health conference slams World Bank

BBC World Service, Monday 4 December 2000, 22:38 GMT

World Bank officials are being challenged to defend their policies at an international health conference in Bangladesh.

Delegates from nearly a-hundred countries have been voicing their anger at both the World Health Organisation and the World Bank, which they claim are reducing ordinary people's access to basic health care facilities.

A representative of a leading non-government organisation in Bangladesh's health sector argued that WHO policies were aimed at protecting the interests of multinational companies.

A conference organiser Dr Kashem Chowdhury told the BBC that many of the delegates were victims of globalisation, whose voices remain unheard when health policies are formulated because of increasing commercialisation and the privatisation of health facilities around the world.