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Only 7% of spending on health research goes on needs of poor countries

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:936
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. Cairo

    Global spending on health research is rising by about $10bn (£5bn, €8bn) a year, but too little is spent on researching diseases that affect the poor and marginalised people in developing countries, a new report from the Global Forum for Health Research says.

    The total spending for 2003, the most recent year for which statistics are available, was almost $129bn.

    Stephen Matlin, the forum's executive director, told the BMJ that no one knew how much of the total went into researching diseases that most affect poor people.

    “But we do know that it's not nearly enough,” he added.

    Almost 93% of the global spending on health …

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