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AHF Calls on World Bank to Change Middle Income Country Designations: $2.86 per day is Not Middle Income!

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Posted on: 05 Oct 16

AIDS Healthcare Foundation will host a panel discussion with international health policy experts at the World Bank on Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 AM and hold a protest at Edward R. Murrow Park on Friday, October 7th at 12:00 PM to draw attention to the way the World Bank defines and classifies Middle Income Countries (MICs).

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The lower limit income the World Bank currently sets for Middle Income Country designation is $2.86 per day—the price of a cup of coffee in many countries—and barely above the International Poverty Line of $1.25 per day. The panel discussion will offer diverse perspectives and ground-level examples on what MIC status means for access to international assistance and essential medicines in countries heavily impacted with HlV, tuberculosis and malaria.

On Friday, advocates will gather at the Edward R. Murrow Park (19th St. NW & H St. N.W.) to call on the World Bank to be fair and change how it classifies countries by income level. AHF, which is spearheading the "Raise the MIC" campaign, is pressing the World Bank to set the lower limit of the MIC category at, or above $3,650 of GNI per capita – equivalent to about $10 per day.

WHAT: PANEL DISCUSSION: Advocates to press World Bank to reconsider and update faulty Middle Income Country (MIC) designations.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5th 9:00 AM ET

WHERE: World Bank I Building, Second Floor, Room 12-220

1850 I St. N.W., Washington, DC

WHO: Representatives from World Bank, AHF, civil society, and other global health advocates.




FRIDAY, Oct. 7th — 12:00 PM  ET


Edward R. Murrow Park

19th St. NW & H St. NW, Washington, DC



Ged Kenslea, AHF Communications Director (323) 791-5526 cell


“Seventy-five percent of the world’s poor reside in countries classified as middle-income, including the majority of people living with HIV/AIDS,” said John Hassell, AHF’s Regional Director in Washington, D.C. “The current MIC designation covers countries whose average citizen lives just above the poverty line and whose basic necessities are barely met. This has far-reaching implications, especially in terms of how countries are able to offer medical care to combat HIV, tuberculosis and malaria within their borders. We strongly urge the World Bank to revise its methodology so that it more closely aligns with the economic realities of people in the developing world.”

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 600,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website:, find us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare.

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Last updated on: 05/10/2016

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