“An estimated 93 percent of the world’s burden of preventable mortality (measured as years of potential life lost) occurs in the developing world. Yet, of the $30 billion global investment in health research in 1986, only 5 percent or $1.6 billion was devoted specifically to health problems of developing countries. For each year of potential life lost in the industrialized world, more than 200 times as much is spent on health research as is spent for each year lost in the developing world.”
Commission on Health Research for Development. Health research: essential link to equity in development. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.