Top public funders for R&D on neglected diseases by country 2017

This statistic shows the amount funded by the top public funders for research and development on neglected diseases worldwide in 2017. In that year, the United States was responsible for some 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in public funding for R&D on neglected diseases.

Public funding for neglected diseases R&D

The United States contributes a large portion of global public funding for research and development on neglected diseases, totaling almost 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. The European Union contributed a total of about 119 million U.S. dollars. Many people in the world’s low-income countries suffer from neglected diseases as donor funding is rare in wealthier countries. These diseases are a significant source of disability and mortality in these regions and many suffer from more than one disease simultaneously. There were 98 medicines and 11 vaccines in the R&D pipeline for neglected diseases as of 2016.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic funders of R&D worldwide, raising 553 million U.S. dollars in 2017. This foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the world and was launched in 2000. Its headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington. The foundation gave 3.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2013. In regards to neglected diseases, the foundation aims to reduce the burden of disease through effective control, elimination, and eradication efforts.

Top countries in public funding for research and development on neglected diseases in 2017

Funding in million U.S. dollars
United States1,595
United Kingdom186
European Union119
India76
Germany65
France47
Netherlands24
Australia23
Switzerland18
Japan18
South Africa14
Canada13
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Source

Release date

January 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

Neglected Diseases are mostly tropical infectious diseases that receive less attention behind the big diseases (usually: HIV, malaria, tuberculosis) and are therefore labeled 'neglected'.

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