Development Assistance for Health

Authors: Eran Bendavid, Trygve Ottersen, Liu Peilong , Rachel Nugent, Nancy Padian, John-Arne Rottingen, Marco Schaferhoff

Abstract:

Key questions that challenge the understanding of the present, as well as planning for the future of international cooperation on health, are discsussed by (1) addressing the measurement of health aid, including an overview of common definitions and measurements of how health aid flows, from whom, to whom, and to what intended ends; (2) addressing the normative landscape of health aid by identifying the goals for the provision of health aid and the criteria guiding its allocation; (3) presenting two case studies--the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Africa and China’s approach to development cooperation on health (South-South cooperation)—that illustrate patterns of health aid sources and the breadth of health aid efforts; (4) drawing lessons learned from the experience with health aid and identifying guiding principles for organizing and implementing health aid resources; and (5) presenting recommendations for future health aid investments, which when used wisely will play an important role in achieving a grand convergence in global health and a decent life for all.