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Official Development Assistance for reproductive health has increased but may not be going to those who need it the most

van den Broek, Nynke ORCID: (2016) 'Official Development Assistance for reproductive health has increased but may not be going to those who need it the most'. BJOG: An International Journal Of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Vol 123, Issue 10, p. 1705.

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To provide information on trends on official development assistance (ODA) disbursement patterns for reproductive health activities in 18 conflict-affected countries.

Secondary data analysis.

18 conflict-affected countries and 36 non-conflict-affected countries.

The Creditor Reporting System (CRS) database was analyzed for ODA disbursement for direct and indirect reproductive health activities to 18 conflict-affected countries (2002–2011). A comparative analysis was also made with 36 non-conflict-affected counties in the same ‘least-developed’ income category. Multivariate regression analyses examined associations between conflict status and reproductive health ODA and between reproductive needs and ODA disbursements.

Main outcome measures
Patterns of ODA disbursements (constant U.S. dollars) for reproductive health activities.

The average annual ODA disbursed for reproductive health to 18 conflict-affected countries from 2002 to 2011 was US$ 1.93 per person per year. There was an increase of 298% in ODA for reproductive health activities to the conflict-affected countries between 2002 and 2011; 56% of this increase was due to increases in HIV/AIDS funding. The average annual per capita reproductive health ODA disbursed to least-developed non-conflict-affected countries was 57% higher than to least-developed conflict-affected countries. Regression analyses confirmed disparities in ODA to and between conflict-affected countries.

Despite increases in ODA for reproductive health for conflict-affected countries (albeit largely for HIV/AIDS activities), considerable disparities remains.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 310 Maternal welfare
WA Public Health > Statistics. Surveys > WA 900 Public health statistics
WC Communicable Diseases > Sexually Transmitted Diseases > WC 142 Public health control measures
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 12:42
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:12


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