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Global Health Spending Hits Record High As Donor Sources Shift, Analysis Shows

Media sources examine a new analysis from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showing global health funding hit a record high in 2013.

Health Affairs Blog: Health Affairs Web First: Global Health Funding In 2013 Five Times Greater Than 1990
“…A new study, being released today as a Web First by Health Affairs, tracked the flow of development assistance for health and estimated that in 2013 it reached $31.3 billion. Looking at past growth patterns of these international transfers of funds for health, [the] authors … identified a steady 6.5 percent annualized growth rate between 1990 and 2000, which nearly doubled to 11.3 percent between 2001 and 2010 with the burgeoning of many public-private partnerships. Since 2011, however, annualized growth has dramatically dropped, to 1.1 percent, due, in part, to the effect of the global economic crisis…” (Gnadinger, 4/8).

Humanosphere: Study shows global health funding steady, not always focused on biggest burdens
“…[Global health] funding has leveled off over the past few years, due to the global economic crisis and perhaps also to a re-thinking of the international anti-poverty agenda. A new report on Financing Global Health from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation documents this transition (subtitle: Transition in an Age of Austerity) and includes some great visual illustrations of what’s going on…” (Paulson, 4/8).

Medical Daily: Global Health Funding Hits New High Of $31B And Still Rising Since 1990
“Poor countries spent about one percent of the total rich countries spent on their own health systems, researchers at the University of Washington say in a report published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs…” (Mientka, 4/8).

NPR: Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift
“International development aid has hit an all-time high, despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets. As patterns of international assistance shift, an increasing amount of money is being invested in improving health in the developing world…” (Beaubien, 4/8).

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