Seeking ‘Predictable’ Funding Sources For Global Health

In the second part of her blog series on the future of global health, Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses possibilities for upcoming global health funding outcomes, writing in her blog, “[T]he architecture of global health has been completely remade since 1990, though not through any process of collective wisdom. Money — what donors were willing to support, in large part due to sophisticated advocacy and activism — has reshaped all health priorities.” She continues, “For ministries of health and country-based health programs, this shift ushers [a] need to look to domestic sources for support.” Garrett discusses possible sources for this funding, including financial transaction taxes, and she states, “Transformation of entire social contracts between governments and their people to achieve such targets as universal health coverage, guaranteed 24/7 health services for all, 100 percent safe deliveries for all babies and moms, and wellness programming requires planning. And planning requires predictable funding.” She writes, “This week, as members of the World Health Assembly study the sober budget proposal for the WHO, it is wise to ask where will funds come from next year, and the next, and the next?” (5/22).

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