Analysis shows return on investment for global health R&D

January / February 2017 | Volume 16, Issue 1

Research and development for new health technologies are essential to solving the world's greatest global health challenges, according to the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC). A set of infographics available to download on the organization's website illustrates the impact of global health R&D investments, the funding and pipeline of products for neglected diseases, and the ongoing need for development of new technologies.

Bar graph style infographic showing critical US role in global health R&D, full text at https://www.fic.nih.gov/News/GlobalHealthMatters/january-february-2017/Pages/roi-global-health-randd.aspx#charttext
Courtesy of the Global Health Technologies Coalition

Read the full text of the chart, Critical US role in global health R&D.

Support for R&D has a multiplier effect, the GHTC notes, not only saving and improving lives, but also reducing costs, encouraging economic growth and enhancing global security. “Investment in global health R&D drives job creation, spurs business activity and benefits academic institutions: nearly 64 cents of every U.S. dollar spent on global health R&D goes directly to U.S.-based researchers,” the website reports.

U.S.-funded global health research has supported such breakthroughs as antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS, improved diagnostics for infectious diseases, new contraceptive technologies and a new vaccine to combat malaria.

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Text of the chart "Critical US role in global health R&D":

  • 55 percent of products in the global pipeline are supported by the US government
  • 45 percent of total investment in global health R&D (public, private, philanthropic) is contributed by the US government
  • 70 percent of public sector investment in global health R&D is contributed by the US government
  • Less than .01 percent of US GDP is spent annually on global health R&D

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