Financing Global Health 2012: The End of the Golden Age?

Published February 6, 2013

Financing Global Health 2012: The End of the Golden Age? is IHME’s fourth annual report on global health expenditure and includes preliminary estimates for health financing in the most recent years. In this year’s report, IHME built on its past data collection and analysis efforts to monitor the resources made available through development assistance for health (DAH) and government health expenditure (GHE). It confirms what many in the global health community expected: After reaching a historic high in 2010, overall DAH declined slightly in 2011, with some organizations and governments spending more and others spending less.

The research suggests that, despite global macroeconomic stress, the international community continues to respond to the need for health and health system support across the developing world. Over the past two years in particular, DAH has been sustained at levels of spending that would have been inconceivable a decade ago. The recent plateau in DAH, however, raises a number of considerations for decision-makers and other global health stakeholders.

Among other improvements in this year’s edition of Financing Global Health, the information produced by the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010) added another significant facet to the analysis. The comprehensive and comparable estimates of disability and premature mortality produced by GBD 2010 allowed us, for the first time, to relate DAH to burden of disease.


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Financing Global Health 2012: The End of the Golden Age? Seattle, WA: IHME, 2012.

Supporting documents

Full report medium resolution (28MB pdf)
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Report overview (2,887KB pdf)
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Chapter 1: Overview of development assistance for health trends (2,653KB pdf)
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Chapter 2: Recipients of development assistance for health (8,047KB pdf)
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Chapter 3: Development assistance for health to specific health focus areas (16.7MB pdf)
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Chapter 4: Sources of development assistance for health (2,610KB pdf)
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Chapter 5: Government health expenditure (5,332KB pdf)
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Conclusions and references (2,564KB pdf)
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Annex A: Methods (2,308KB pdf)
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Methods Annex (616KB pdf)
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Statistical annex (2,512KB pdf)
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