Uneconomical diseases

Other Names:
Economic bias in disease research
Uneconomical malaria research

Rich countries study the diseases that afflict their citizens and ignore the major killer diseases of the developing world when it comes to medical research expenditure.


A 1998 report in Science magazine, proposed a consortium approach for malaria research involving private firms, medical foundations, government and international health agencies in a 7 year build up to an annual expenditure of US $ 30 million, with private firms providing 70% of the total research budget. The companies declined to be involved for a variety of commercial, legalistic and scientific reasons, with some of them explaining that they were already doing some work on drugs and vaccines.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST