In theory, an increase in healthcare funding should improve situations across the board. However, in practice, this theory fails due to a fatal flaw. This flaw is competition in the global health market.
To elaborate on this flaw, there used to be a reliance and expectation of a single body, the World Health Organization, dealing with the medical issues that the world faces. However, after a drop in funding, the WHO was not able to deal with world health issues it once previously could deal with. This lead to a growth in NGO’s who sought to fill the gaps. Now that an influx of funding has sprung into the system, these NGOs, divided on specific issues, are scrambling for the money in pool rather than making way for the unilateral organization that could unbiasedly prioritize the issues that needed funding the most. This increase in competition for funds in a market that once supported a solution-maker, is now clogging up the process of solving the World’s most pressing issues.
Therefore, the conflicts of interests cause a divide in the available funds for each issue, as well as a clog in cooperation on other global health initiatives. What is needed now, more than ever, is for NGOs to turn from individual problem solvers, into lobbyists. If they lobby the WHO more than trying to solve the problems by them selves, they will find more funds and a more effective organization to deal with their issues.