Where Have All the Donors Gone? Scarce Donor Funding for Non-Communicable Diseases

Global development assistance for health (DAH) was estimated at $21.8 billion in 2007. A recent assessment shows that official development assistance for health reached $26.4 billion in 2008, surpassing all prior years. No specific mention is made of DAH for NCDs in developing countries in either study. This paper aims to fill that gap. We conducted an analysis of donor spending on NCDs in developing countries from 2001 to 2008 that reveals that less than 3 percent ($503 million out of $22 billion) of overall DAH was dedicated to NCDs in 2007 (By Rachel Nugent and Andrea B. Feigl).