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Mark Walport and Paul Brest (Feb 12, p 537)1 wrote on behalf of several research funders about a statement of purpose on sharing research data to improve public health. INDEPTH, a southern-based research network, the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), an organisation enabling research and innovation systems for health in low-income and middle-income countries, and many other people are pleased with this demonstration of leadership and commitment. We wish to comment on three areas and suggest a way forward.
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