Research into neglected diseases falls for first time since 2007

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 09 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8036
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Global funding for research into neglected diseases fell in 2010, as the effects of the recession were felt. The United Kingdom was one of only a handful of countries whose contributions increased, according to the annual G-Finder survey (Global Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases).

This was the first year since the survey began in 2007 to show an overall fall. It would have been much greater but for an increase in spending by large drug companies that offset falls in government and philanthropic funding.

Total reported spending for the diseases covered in the survey was $3.1bn (£2bn; €2.3) in 2010, a fall of $109m (3.5%) on the 2009 figure. Though this might seem small …

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