Vatican: Nearly 2 billion people without access to basic medicine

2010 June 27
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Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, presented a speech at the UN Human Rights Council.

He focused largely on the need to ensure universal access to medicines.  He highlighted the role of poverty in developing countries, and noted that children are particularly deprived of access to medicines.

The Catholic Church provides a major contribution to health care in all parts of the world – through local churches, religious institutions and private initiatives, which act on their own responsibility and in the respect of the law of each country – including the promotion of 5,378 hospitals, 18,088 dispensaries and clinics, 521 leprosaria, and 15,448 homes for the aged, the chronically ill, or disabled people.

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