Official Development Assistance for Health by Donor

This data visualization shows the trend of official aid for development in health (ODA) by development partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Key Findings

70% of the bilateral official development aid (ODA) for health received by the region comes from three development partners ($438 million), maintaining the United States as the country with the largest presence with an average annual contribution of $200 million between 2002 and 2010.

The contribution of Spain reached its highest level in 2008 ($142 million), representing an increase of 70% over 2002. The year after the global financial crisis, Spanish aid fell by $35 million and was showing signs of decline in 2010.

The fiscal situation of the main development partners forced them to redefine their priorities and focus their efforts on particular countries. It seems unlikely that the ODA for health to the region will increase significantly in the future or be able to maintain the levels reached in 2010.

The trends and composition of development assistance for health in Latin America and the Caribbean exhibit different characteristics according to the per capita income by country and according to the policies and priorities of the development partners. The middle-income countries feature a larger share of multilateral development banks, while in the lower middle income countries bilateral ODA carries the greatest weight (De Los Rios, R. et al., 2011).

Bibliographic references

De Los Rios, R. et al. International Development Assistance for Cooperation in Health, Panam Journal of Public Health 30 (2), 2011. Available online here at SciELO

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