What is it about?

The rapid spread of COVID-19 renewed the focus on how health systems across the globe are financed, especially during public health emergencies. Development assistance is an important source of health financing in many low-income countries, yet little is known about how much of this funding was disbursed for COVID-19. We aimed to put development assistance for health for COVID-19 in the context of broader trends in global health financing, and to estimate total health spending from 1995 to 2050 and development assistance for COVID-19 in 2020.

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Why is it important?

We track spending on health globally, providing estimates from 1990 to 2050. We focus mainly on novel estimates of development assistance for health for COVID-19 in 2020 and the ramifications that follow for funding other essential health areas. These estimates add value to trackers by focusing on 2020 disbursements, being as comprehensive as possible, and placing development assistance for health for COVID-19 in the context of past spending and projected future health spending.

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This page is a summary of: Tracking development assistance for health and for COVID-19: a review of development assistance, government, out-of-pocket, and other private spending on health for 204 countries and territories, 1990–2050, The Lancet, September 2021, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(21)01258-7.
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