|Why invest in research for health?|
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health merits special attention as a key to broader development.
Better health is necessary although not a sufficient condition for better outcomes on income, productivity, and sustained development. The importance of investing in research for health has not yet been fully realized as financial resources for research remain insufficient.However, investing in research for health in developing countries is a necessity, not an extravagance, as people should expect to live full and healthy lives despite economic disparities. Money spent on research for health is an economic driver, enhances competitiveness and addresses the social determinants of health.
Local political will and investments are vital for sustained growth in health research. The effort to develop national health research systems is a crucial step towards translating priority health problems and needs into health research questions.
Our case studies reflect upon this and show how research leads to tailored, cost effective, and sustainable improvements in population's health.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization