Wednesday, April 27, 2011

[EQ] Development assistance for health: trends and prospects

Development assistance for health: trends and prospects

Christopher JL Murray a, Brent Anderson a, Roy Burstein a, Katherine Leach-Kemon a, Matthew Schneider a, Annette Tardif a, Raymond Zhang a
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 11 April 2011doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62356-2



“…….The global economic crisis that began to unfold in 2008 has raised serious concerns about the ability of developing countries to meet targets for improvements in population health outcomes, and about the ability of developed countries to meet their commitments to fund health programmes in developing countries.


This uncertainty underscores the importance of tracking spending on global health, to ensure resources are directed efficiently to the world's most pressing health issues….”

“…….Growth in global health spending will probably slow and might contract in 2011. We will enter a period of dramatically intensified competition for resources among the many important global health priorities.
Although the global health community is unlikely to influence the politics of fiscal contraction, it can take on two specific challenges: provide compelling evidence that past and continuing investments are making an impact; and show that resources devoted to health programmes are an effective means to advance health and broader development goals.
It will be crucial in this environment for the global health community to transparently evaluate and communicate about the successes and failures of global health funding. Only real evidence of success will sustain global health financing in coming years….”

Supplementary webappendix
Webtable: Development assistance for health by channel of assistance, 2000–10



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