We’re wrapping up a project for one of our global health clients that is seeking to diversify their funding sources to meet their resource mobilization goals over the next five years. It’s a challenging task in this economic climate, but we’re confident they will meet their targets.
If you find yourself with the need to do research about funding for global health research and development, we relied heavily on some of the following resources:
- Policy Cures maintains the G-Finder database with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, enabling users to search by disease, product, sector, “funding flow,” country, year and funder. In addition to sharing practical information about potential funding sources for your organization, the ability to download information allows for trend analysis as well.
- The Treatment Action Group (TAG) is one of the groups that is putting the information contained within the G-Finder database to use. The group publishes an annual report on trends in funding for tuberculosis research and development as they work—in collaboration with others in the TB community—to increase the overall global commitment to developing new tools to stop the disease, the number one infectious killer of people living with HIV.
- If you’re interested in gathering information regarding the prevalence of HIV, tuberculosis or malaria, we used a couple of resources: the Kaiser Family Foundation maintains a database of global health facts that enables users to produce custom data sheets.
- If you are specifically interested in data regarding tuberculosis, as we were, the BCG World Atlas is a database that enables users to search—by country—for country policies regarding BCG use, including historical use, as well as being another source for TB prevalence stats (utilizing WHO data). For those of you who are not up on their vaccine knowledge, BCG is the existing vaccine for TB, but is only partially effective and is particularly unreliable in response to adult pulmonary TB, the form of the disease that accounts for most of the disease burden worldwide.
- Wikipedia maintains a list of development aid agencies. It’s a starting point for more traditional sources of public sector funding.