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Submitted by Heide on
Many thanks Shanta for your cutting-edge information and thoughts on Child Survival (http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTAFROFFCHIECO/Resources/fiscal_stimulus_for_africa.pdf), and on the idea of fiscal stimulus packages in Africa. These are separate topics, but linked by key concerns about effective approaches to break the vicious circle of poverty and poor health. Using components of fiscal stimulus packages to invest in health services and health workforce, particularly at the community level, is potentially an investment with excellent returns, both in terms of health gains and stimulation of local economic cycles - but more systematic and evaluated approaches may be needed to learn from country experience. I would be grateful for your thoughts on this particular linkage.