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New Paper Documents Wide Disparity in Aid Allocation.

A new paper published in the Annals of Global Health from GAHP, in collaboration with researchers from Fordham University, documents the wide disparity in aid allocation for pollution reduction as compared to other threats to global health.

Although modern pollution – pollution attributable to industrialization and urbanization – is responsible for nearly 6 million deaths per year, more than all the deaths from HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined; it receives comparatively little attention in the international development agenda.

Based on reported ODA spending for 2016, the paper’s analysis shows an average investment of $14/death for modern pollution, compared with $1,250/death for malaria, $190/death for tuberculosis, and $165/death for HIV/AIDS.

Given the severity of this public health burden, there is a critical need for funding to be allocated specifically to pollution reduction. At the moment, donor countries have failed to respond to this urgent public health crisis. While this analysis has limitations, its conclusions should galvanize action to better monitor and track investments in modern pollution reduction.

Read the paper — Rethinking Aid Allocation: Analysis of Official Development Spending on Modern Pollution Reduction.

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