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Donor Funding Commitments For Health In Low, Middle-Income Countries

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Donor Funding Commitments

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"Donor Funding for Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, 2001-2005," Kaiser Family Foundation/Center for Strategic and International Studies:The Kaiser Family Foundation and CSIS recently released a reportanalyzing donor governments' commitments for health in low- andmiddle-income countries.

According to the report, official developmentassistance for health rose from $7.2 billion in 2001 to $15.7 billionin 2005, but funding for basic health infrastructure and trainingremained low. The report also found that the U.S. is the largest donorfor health, accounting for 23% of commitments in 2005. European nationsand the European Commissionaccounted for 29% and 9%, respectively, of commitments in 2005, thereport found. In addition, the report found that sub-Saharan Africareceives the largest portion of health funding at 33%, followed bySouth and Central Asia at 18%.

Although funding has increased, fundinglevels fall short of the need estimated by the World Health Organization's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, according to the report (Kaiser Family Foundation/CSIS release, 8/9).

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