The WHO Global Observatory on Health R&D (hereafter called 'The Observatory') is a centralized and comprehensive source of information and analyses on global health R&D activities for human diseases.
It builds on existing data and reports from a wide range of data sources, and gathers new information (where needed and feasible) with the aim of enabling decisions on priorities in R&D.
In Singapore there are an estimated 1140 health research workers per million inhabitants, compared to just 0.2 in Zimbabwe. This is just one of the striking gaps and inequalities in investment identified by the Global Observatory on Health Research and Development.
In 2015, WHO announced a call for papers for a peer-reviewed journal series entitled 'Informing the Establishment of the WHO Global Observatory on Health Research and Development'. Ten papers were published in Health Research Policy and Systems during 2015 to 2017. Additional papers will continue to be published in 2018. The Call is still open, and new contributions are welcome.
45 times more health researchers in high-income countries than in low-income countriesHealth researchers per million inhabitants, by income group
+7%in R&D investments for neglected diseases from 2016 to 2017R&D funding flows for neglected diseases
Products in the pipeline
<0.5%of products (as of July 2019) are for WHO neglected tropical diseasesHealth products in the pipeline for all diseases