WHO donors in 2017 – US, Gates Foundation, UK, World Bank, GAVI, Germany and the European Commission: Setting the Agenda for Global Health?

In advance of the 71st World Health Assembly (21 May 2018 – 26 May 2018), the World Health Organization (WHO) published a document (A71/INF./2, 19 April 2018) entitled, Voluntary contributions by fund and by contributor, 2017. Total voluntary contributions to WHO’s Total General Fund in 2017 amounted to $2,110,685,173 which represented an increase from the 2016 figure of $1,717,219,177. Contributions to the Fiduciary Fund for 2017 amounted to $30,852,681. The Fiduciary Fund provides support for programs such as the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, Global Health Workforce Alliance, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases. The total voluntary contributions to WHO in 2017 amounted to $2,139,305,475 as compared to $1,751,810,509 in 2016.

A stark difference between 2017 and 2016 is related to contributions for outbreak and crisis response. In 2016, WHO received $298,348,379 for outbreak and crisis response; in 2017, WHO received $516,570,787. In 2016, the World Bank provided $1,000,000 to WHO in specified voluntary contributions. In 2017, the World Bank provided a contribution of $145,568,331; all of it was specified for outbreak and crisis response.

Here is a non-exhaustive list detailing the sources of voluntary contributions to WHO and the size of their respective contributions in 2017.

United States of America: $401,108,929
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: $324,654,317
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: $163,734,474
World Bank: $145,568,331
GAVI Alliance: $133,365,051
Germany: $89,942,082
European Commission: $81,956,035
Rotary International: $62,111,937
Japan: $46,726,068
Norway: $41,631,561
National Philanthropic Trust (NPT): $37,867,000
Canada: $34,413,899
UNITAID: $29,919,017
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA): $29,278,343
United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF): $28,315,905
Sweden: $27,674,186
Republic of Korea: $26,086,352
Pakistan: $22,575,509
Australia: $22,063,471
Netherlands: $20,292,848
United Arab Emirates: $18,740,898
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): $18,251,940
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $16,170,654
Bloomberg Family Foundation: $14,314,000
France: $13,498,014
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF): $11,950,480
King Salman Humanitarian Aid & Relief Center, KSrelief: $11,205,905
Switzerland: $11,186,317
Vital Strategies: $10,647,550
China: $10,584,499
Italy: $10,397,373
Russian Federation: $9,623,974
Luxembourg: $9,508,145
Sanofi Pasteur: $9,411,491
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS): $9,046,070
United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP): $8,491,922
India: $7,629,461
GlaxoSmithKline: $7,365,666
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) :$7,004,501
Hoffmann-La Roche and Co., Ltd.: $6,628,090
Liberia: $6,301,943
Kobe Group (Hyogo Prefecture Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Kobe Steel, Ltd.): $6,000,000
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): $5,061,169
Carter Center: $5,470,000
Belgium: $4,807,692
Denmark: $3,991,252
CDC Foundation: $3,201,925
Sindh, Pakistan: $3,163,301
Gilead Sciences: $3,124,450
African Development Bank Group: $3,090,849
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation: $2,778,254
Sanofi-Aventis: $2,634,963
Kuwait: $2,500,000
Nippon Foundation: $2,332,940
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): $2,033,734
Kazakhstan: $2,000,000
Qatar Charity: $2,000,000
Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain: $1,867,372
Merck Sharp and Dohme Chibret: $1,652,226
Ukraine: $1,500,000
Lions Clubs International Foundation: $1,335,157
Bayer AG: $1,158,060
Sudan: $1,035,460
Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH): $946,925
King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS: $896,935
Macau SAR, China: $860,000
Government of Flanders, Belgium: $836,120
Zimbabwe: $787,822
Rockefeller Foundation: $748,945
Richter Gedeon Vegyeszeti Gyar: : $747,789
South Africa: $600,000
Maldives: $559,762
Merck: $510,000
Novartis: $500,000