Many people are familiar with the disproportionate disease burden that the poorer countries of the world bear. But just so you can get a more vivid picture, here is a map by Worldmapper that represents the proportion of adults that are HIV+ by country:
And here is the tuberculosis burden:
And now let’s take a look at the amount of public health spending by country. Just a quick reminder, “public health spending is all government spending on health care, plus money from grants, social insurance and non-governmental organisations. Public health spending reduces, or even eliminates, the direct cost of health care to an individual.”
Here is a map that represents the proportion of worldwide spending on public health services that are spent there.
Although the issue is more complex than simply comparing maps, the powerful imbalance is easy to see. Thank you for attending today’s short lesson on money and public health. Please click here for more readings on money.