The Responsibility to Protect: Inequities in International Aid Flows to Myanmar and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and their Impact on Maternal and Child Health

John Grundy, Kathryn Bowen, Peter Annear, Beverley-Ann Biggs

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    Abstract

    The Union of Myanmar and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are the most disadvantaged aid recipients in Asia. In this paper we describe and analyse the inequities in international aid flows to these countries from a health equity and "responsibility to protect" perspective. Review of public health and health systems literature and examination of international aid flows reveals that countries with a comparable gross national income receive total aid flows 11 to 12 times larger than do Myanmar (Burma) and DPR Korea (North Korea). Although the issue of aid effectiveness in these governance contexts remains a significant challenge, there is nonetheless a joint national and international responsibility to protect women and children through the careful targeting of health humanitarian aid and development programs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)171-187
    Number of pages17
    JournalAsian Studies Review
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • Maternal and child health
    • Myanmar
    • North Korea
    • Responsibility to protect

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