Yep, this is real tinfoil-hat stuff—except that it’s coming from the University of Cambridge. Is there a causal link between IMF loans and increased tuberculosis rates? Make up your own mind.
“The rapid spread of tuberculosis in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union has been fuelled by the economic policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a new study has found.
“The Cambridge University-led study reveals that IMF loan programmes are “strongly associated” with large increases in tuberculosis incidence and deaths, costing tens of thousands of lives every year and producing hundreds of thousands of new tuberculosis cases.
“Researchers measured the relationship between tuberculosis and IMF loans in 21 countries in the region, dating back to the early 1990s. They found that countries subject to IMF programmes experienced a surge in tuberculosis death rates of at least 16.6% – equivalent to more than 100,000 additional deaths. Had countries not participated in the programmes, or been supported by other lenders, the rates would have declined by at least eight to 10%.”
Read more at University of Cambridge.