Tracking global development assistance for trauma care: A call for advocacy and action

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Tracking global development assistance for trauma care: A call for advocacy and action


JournalJournal Global Health
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – Mar – 2021
Authors – Sara M Hollis , Stas Salerno Amato , Eileen Bulger , Charles Mock , Teri Reynolds , Barclay T Stewart
Keywordshealth, Reporting System (CRS), Trauma Care
Open access – Yes
SpecialityHealth policy, Trauma surgery
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on April 26, 2021 at 5:24 am
Abstract:

Background: This study aimed to track development assistance for trauma care (DAH-TC), uncover funding trends and gaps, and compare DAH-TC to development assistance for other health conditions.

Methods: A systematic search of the OECD Creditor Reporting System (CRS) and Development Assistance Committee (DAC) databases was performed to capture projects related to trauma care. Reports from large foundations and public-private partnerships were also searched. DAH-TC was described, and comparisons were made between DAH-TC and other health conditions.

Results: The search yielded 1754 records; after applying exclusion criteria, 301 records were included for analysis. During the 25-year period, US$93.7M of DAH-TC was disbursed to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) (0.02% of total DAH). Contributions were dominated by a few donors and fluctuated dramatically over time. A sizable portion of DAH-TC came in the form of investments to build infrastructure (38% of DAH-TC); information and research activities (17%); and training (16%). Nearly US$58M (62% of DAH-TC) was funneled to projects that targeted victims of war. Trauma care received US$0.04 per DALY incurred, while malaria, TB, HIV and MCH received US$9.62 per DALY, US$25.09 per DALY, US$4.05 per DALY and US$45.75 per DALY, respectively.

Conclusions: DAH-TC is critically underfunded, particularly compared to other health foci. To improve the DAH-TC landscape, stakeholders can better mobilize domestic resources; use advocacy more effectively by catalyzing network convergence, grafting trauma care onto related high-priority issues, and seeking broader coalitions; and develop partners within the donor and channel communities to promote strategic DAH-TC disbursements.

OSI Number – 21030
PMID – 33828843

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