Investing in national capacities to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease and other potential health emergencies is a clear need, but adequate and sustainable financing remains a distant goal. Outbreak preparedness requires investing for a rainy day, when urgent problems demand attention and financing today. This paper seeks to facilitate debate and further analysis of this issue by identifying the major challenges. It offers background context on broader trends in health financing, summarizes existing publicly-available data on national funding needs for preparedness and international commitments, and highlights key information gaps, followed by a discussion.
This policy paper of the Alliance was developed from a public consultation and expert roundtable held in May 2018 in Geneva, “Investing for a Rainy Day: How to finance outbreak preparedness?”
The paper considers:
- What kind of financing contributes to national preparedness?
- Where might additional financing come from?
- National investments and needs: information, gaps and priorities
- International funding