Government health expenditures as source and development assistance for health to government and non-governmental agents by region (Developing countries), 1995-2006
Public financing of health plays bigger role than development assistance for health
- Use the drop-down menus to select different indicators or countries.
- Notice that the y-axis zooms in and out to be appropriate to the selected data.
- Toggle back and forth between GHE-S data derived from IMF or WHO numbers; DAH-G and DAH-NG stay the same.
- To see the relative difference between what countries spend on their own health projects and what outside funders spend in development assistance, choose different regions of the world and see government health expenditure (GHE) in blue and development assistance for health (DAH) in brown.
- The contrast btween government spending and development assistance can be seen sharply in sub-Saharan Africa. Choose “DAH-G and GHE-S” in the menu bar on the left, indicating all development assistance for health that went directly to governments and all spending from governments on health that came from the country’s own revenues. Now choose “All Sub-Saharan Africa” in the menu bar on the right. See how government spending accounts for more than $16 billion, while DAH accounts for roughly $2 billion.
- The differences between the IMF and the WHO financial datasets underscore the need for more uniform reporting of government spending on health. To see these differences, choose “DAH-NG, DAH-G, GHE-S,” which includes both DAH to government and non-government recipients such as charities. Then choose “Oceania.” Click between “IMF” and “WHO” to see how the trends differ between the two datasets. For example, the IMF shows a steep decline in funding in 1998 while the WHO shows an increase in funding.
GHE-A: Government health spending as agent
GHE-S: Government health spending as source
DAH-G: Development assistance for health disbursed to government
DAH-NG: Development assistance for health disbursed to non-governmental sectors
GDP: Gross domestic product per capita in constant US dollars
GGE: General government spending
Related Visualizations & other Tools
Related Publications & Presentations
Lu C, Schneider MT, Gubbins P, Leach-Kemon K, Jamison D, Murray CJL. Public financing of health in developing countries: a cross-national systematic analysis. The Lancet. 2010 Apr 17; 375:1375–1387.