By the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

A new study finds that while the United States consistently has provided more funding for development assistance for health (DAH) than any other country, some high-income European nations have far surpassed the U.S.’s assistance in per capita and other expenditure measurements.

Today’s study, published in the December issue of Health Affairs journal, examines DAH trends in 23 high-income nations between 1990 and 2016, and analyzes each country’s contribution relative to its population, share of public sector spending, and national economy. Additionally, many countries, including the U.S., make contributions below agreed-upon international targets for development assistance.

Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington found spending increased more than fivefold between 1990 and 2016, from $7.1 billion to $37.6 billion; however, this growth has slowed dramatically in recent years.

“These findings represent valuable information providing context for debates about how much DAH each nation can and should contribute,” said IHME’s Dr. Joseph Dieleman, Professor of Global Health and senior author of the study.


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