Report Finds Steady Increase in Global Health Funding

Funding for health programs has steadily risen over the past years despite the effects of the global economic and financial crises in 2009, according Karen Grepin, who cited the latest report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Grepin, an assistant professor of global health policy at New York University, says the report explained that this increase in bilateral and multilateral health funding is primarily a result of increases in the health spending of the U.S., U.K., Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization.

“If we take these donors out of the picture, donor financing actually peaked in 2008,” Grepin writes in her blog. “Nonetheless, development assistance for health has continued to roll in.”

But Grepin clarifies that IHME’s figures are not exact or absolute because the organization used projections instead of reports of actual donor contributions.

“I think we should see these as upper limits but probably reasonable estimates,” she says.

Grepin notes that another interesting finding of the IHME report was that private funding for non-governmental organizations decreased the most over the past year.

“There has been a lot of talk about expanding funding from private citizens for global health and I think this points to a big weakness of relying on private citizens to fund important programs: they are fickle donors. It also means that other channels have more than compensated for these declines, again pointing to a much rosier picture of development assistance than has perhaps been portrayed in the media,” she notes.

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