Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Development aid for maternal, newborn and child health doubled over five years

Date:
September 16, 2010
Source:
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Summary:
The amount of official development assistance to maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries doubled between 2003 and 2008, but its ratio to overall aid for health remained static. The US, UK, EU, GAVI and the Global Fund have made the largest absolute increases, while Spain and a number of small bilateral donors including New Zealand and Belgium have made significant percentage increases, but support from many others has stagnated or fallen, and in some cases fluctuated significantly from year to year.

Health experts are calling for a greater prioritization and targeting of aid to save the lives of mothers, newborns, and children in poor countries.

Related Articles


The amount of official development assistance (ODA) to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in developing countries doubled between 2003 and 2008, but its ratio to overall aid for health remained static. The US, UK, EU, GAVI and the Global Fund have made the largest absolute increases, while Spain and a number of small bilateral donors including New Zealand and Belgium have made significant percentage increases, but support from many others has stagnated or fallen, and in some cases fluctuated significantly from year to year.

Catherine Pitt, Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and colleagues have contributed an article to a special issue of the Lancet looking at the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. They analysed the amount of aid targeted at MNCH for 2007 and 2008 and updated previous estimates for 2003-2006. They found that in 2007 and 2008 $4•7 billion and $5•4 billion (constant 2008 US$), respectively, were disbursed in support of MNCH activities in all developing countries. These amounts reflect a 105% increase between 2003 and 2008, but reflected no change relative to overall ODA for health, which also increased by 105%.

The USA and the UK were already the biggest donor countries to this sector in 2003, and remained so in 2008, surpassing the World Bank. The USA more than tripled its 2003 contribution of $260 million to $913 million, and the UK more than doubled what it gave in 2003 ($206 million) to $419 million in 2008. The European Union also increased funding from just $49 million in 2003 to $263 million in 2008. Catherine Pitt comments: "Concentration of funding amongst just a handful of donors makes it that much more important that the leading donors continue to honour their funding commitments despite the economic downturn."

97% of the global burden of maternal and child deaths are born by just 68 countries, which have been identified as the priority countries for the Countdown to 2015 Initiative (www.countdown2015mnch.org), which tracks progress towards MDGs 4 and 5. These 68 priority countries received $3•4 billion in 2007 and $4•1 billion in 2008, representing 71•6% and 75•6% of all MNCH disbursements, respectively.

The authors write: 'Despite signs that targeting might be improving, ODA was still not found to be highly targeted to countries with the highest rates of maternal and child mortality, which is consistent with findings from previous studies.' They found that some recipient countries -- like Djibouti and Equatorial Guinea -- received far more aid per birth and per child than countries with lower incomes and higher mortality rates, while countries like Niger and Chad are losing out -- they are amongst the poorest countries in the world but received far less aid per birth than many countries with higher incomes and better health. Other countries, like Papua New Guinea, also experienced enormous fluctuations in aid from one year to the next, making it very difficult to plan and deliver effective health services.

The authors conclude, 'The increases in ODA to maternal, newborn, and child health during 2003-08 are to be welcomed, as is the somewhat improved targeting of ODA to countries with greater needs. Nonetheless, these increases do not reflect increased prioritisation relative to other health areas'.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. "Development aid for maternal, newborn and child health doubled over five years." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 September 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100916202423.htm>.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. (2010, September 16). Development aid for maternal, newborn and child health doubled over five years. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100916202423.htm
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. "Development aid for maternal, newborn and child health doubled over five years." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100916202423.htm (accessed December 22, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Monday, December 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Touch-Free Smart Phone Empowers Mobility-Impaired

Touch-Free Smart Phone Empowers Mobility-Impaired

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 21, 2014) A touch-free phone developed in Israel enables the mobility-impaired to operate smart phones with just a movement of the head. Suzannah Butcher reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Earthworms Provide Cancer-Fighting Bacteria

Earthworms Provide Cancer-Fighting Bacteria

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 21, 2014) Polish scientists isolate bacteria from earthworm intestines which they say may be used in antibiotics and cancer treatments. Suzannah Butcher reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Existing Chemical Compounds Could Revive Failing Antibiotics, Says Danish Scientist

Existing Chemical Compounds Could Revive Failing Antibiotics, Says Danish Scientist

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 21, 2014) A team of scientists led by Danish chemist Jorn Christensen says they have isolated two chemical compounds within an existing antipsychotic medication that could be used to help a range of failing antibiotics work against killer bacterial infections, such as Tuberculosis. Jim Drury went to meet him. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Hugging It Out Could Help You Ward Off A Cold

Hugging It Out Could Help You Ward Off A Cold

Newsy (Dec. 21, 2014) Carnegie Mellon researchers found frequent hugs can help people avoid stress-related illnesses. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins