The Global Forum for Health Research was established in 1998 to help correct the 10/90 gap in health research (only about 10 per cent of funding is targeted to diseases which account for 90 per cent of the global disease burden). This is the third report of the Global Forum and summarises the efforts undertaken to close the 10/90 gap.

Chapters cover the role of health research for development, the progress made in the field of priority-setting methodologies, an overview of research priority areas, recent information on public and private resources invested in health research worldwide, and the need for research capacity strengthening in low- and middle-income countries.

The report notes that health research can be made more effective by adopting a number of measures, including reallocating some health research funds to projects which will benefit a large proportion of the world’s population, increasing the overall funding for health research and the efficiency of that funding, and decreasing the isolation of research while increasing its impact on people’s health.