Correction: WHO Global Observatory on Health R&D

4 March, 2019

Dear Neil,

I'm posting this again at your request due to the glitch with the last posting.


Dear Neil & Colleagues,

The WHO Global Observatory on Health R&D ( ) is a global-level resource that users such as governments, policy-makers, funders, researchers and civil society can use to explore health research & development (R&D).

Below is a recent announcement from the Observatory, which I'm forwarding on their behalf:

New analysis from the WHO Global Observatory on Health R&D allows users to see how only 41% (31) of the 75 countries analysed met their health R&D spending targets using the most recent data available. Interestingly, some low-income countries allocated a higher percentage of their GDP and/or total R&D expenditures on health R&D than high-income countries.

Similarly, only 13% (18) of 139 countries receiving ODA for health met their target for the percentage of their health ODA allocated to medical research. While neither the level of total ODA for health nor countries’ income level appeared to influence the amount of health ODA allocated to medical research, countries' existing capacity for health research did appear to do so.

Benchmarking gross domestic R&D expenditure on health and medical sciences (health GERD) across countries against global targets

Benchmarking official development assistance (ODA) for medical research, by recipient and by donor country

The data visualizations are interactive, allowing users to filter by income level or WHO region in order to compare the data in these groups. If desired, the data for individual countries can also be visualized separately.

This information will be of interest to policy makers, funders and researchers. It will help countries explore where they are with respect to global targets and in relation to other countries; it will also allow them to monitor progress towards these targets over time.

View the analysis and findings for health GERD and health ODA here.

Check also the WHO Global health R&D Observatory for updates in the R&D profiles by disease or condition [] with new sections on malaria, mental health and neglected tropical diseases; additional resources and databases e.g. on health products in the pipeline; and updated data visualizations with new data and analyses.

WHO Global Health R&D Observatory:

Best wishes


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