Poverty and health


The DAC Reference Document on Poverty and Health, jointly published by the OECD and the World Health Organization (WHO), is the outcome of a joint effort by DAC members working together through the DAC Network on Poverty Reduction. It builds on bilateral agency experience and the work of leading organisations such as the WHO, the World Bank and other United Nations agencies as well as non-governmental organisations. It also draws selectively on the work of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, which represents the most systematic and up-to-date review of the evidence linking health to economic development and poverty reduction.
This Reference Document aims to further increase the effectiveness of development cooperation in improving the health of poor people as a means of reducing poverty and achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. It expands and deepens the DAC Guidelines on Poverty Reduction, which were endorsed by OECD Ministers of Development Co-operation and heads of development agencies at the 2001 DAC High Level Meeting.


DAC Guidelines and Reference Series, WHO and OECD

Poverty and health

Published 4 December 2006