Global health

At a glance

Funding trends*

The health sector receives one of the largest shares of development assistance among social sectors. In 2019, funding for global health stood at US$22.4 billion. This is the lowest funding level since a peak at US$25.1 billion in 2017 and represents a 2%-decrease compared to US$22.8 billion in 2018. Its share within total development assistance fluctuates between 11% and 14% (11.4% in 2019).

Top donors**

In 2019, the largest donor was by far the United States (US$8.1 billion). It was followed by the United Kingdom (US$2.9 billion), Germany (US$1.4 billion), Japan (US$1.0 billion), and France (US$935 million).

The share of total development assistance spent on health varies from donor to donor. In relative terms, the largest DAC donors to health in 2019 were the US (24% of their total development assistance funding), Canada (18%), the UK (15%), Luxembourg (15%), and Norway (12%).


* We are in the process of relaunching the Donor Tracker website. Please check back in early December for the latest data. In the meantime, please refer to our Donor Profiles for the latest sector data. 

**Note to avoid double-counting, EU institutions are not included as a donor in the ranking of total health ODA.