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%).


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