Opinion Piece Discusses Trends In Global Health Spending, Financing

The BMJ: Trends in global health financing
Marco Schäferhoff, managing director at Open Consultants; Sebastian Martinez, researcher at the University of Glasgow; Osondu Ogbuoji, deputy director at the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health at Duke University; Miriam Lewis Sabin, manager of accountability at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; and Gavin Yamey, director at the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health at Duke University

“…The overall picture [for global health spending] is mixed. Absolute levels of health spending are rising — but they remain too low in many countries to finance universal health coverage, and health is still not given enough priority by governments. Governments should more strongly prioritize health in their budgets. Over the next few years, over a dozen middle-income countries will become ineligible for assistance from funders such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and many of these countries are vulnerable to disease resurgence. The positive trend in official development assistance for health and research financing for neglected diseases could be threatened by a looming global economic recession, and it is essential that donors strongly support upcoming replenishments of global funds” (5/20).