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New report finds that the US Government is the largest funder of global health R&D worldwide

April 27, 2012 Comments off

New report finds that the US Government is the largest funder of global health R&D worldwide
Source: Global Health Technologies Coalition

A new report finds that the United States government is the largest funder of global health research and development (R&D) in the world, investing $12.7 billion over the past 10 years in the creation of new vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and other products for neglected diseases of the developing world. That funding, according to the report, helped lead to the development of more than half of the 45 new health products in the last decade that have been used to save lives around the world.

The report, which will be released by the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) and Policy Cures on Friday at a briefing in Washington, finds that the US government each year provides around 45 percent of the total global investment and 70 percent of all government investment worldwide in global health R&D. In the last decade, the US government more than doubled its yearly financial commitment to developing new global health products, from $685 million in 2000 to $1.4 billion in 2010. These investments represent just 0.01 percent of US gross domestic product (GDP).

The report, Saving lives and creating impact: Why investing in global health research works, finds that five federal agencies—the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Defense (DoD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—provide significant contributions each year to global health R&D. This commitment from the US Government and its federal agencies has led to a remarkable increase in global health products. Forty-five new health tools were registered between 2000 and 2010, and the US Government was involved in 24, or 53 percent, of these new global health products in the last decade.

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