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[Perspectives] How much should we be worried?

Global health is in the midst of an uncertain, confusing, and uncomfortable passage. Donor financing for infectious disease control has plateaued and is in decline, while low-income national governments are loath to pick up the slack and state leaders, especially in Africa, have largely exited the stage. Expensive and competing priorities spotlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals—non-communicable diseases, universal health coverage—are capturing the headlines at glossy global summits and stand at the centre of the WHO Director-General’s vision for revitalising WHO, at a suggested price tag exceeding US$10 billion in new funds.