After the windfall

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Science  12 Sep 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6202, pp. 1258-1259
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6202.1258

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Investments in global health began growing in the 1990s then exploded after the turn of the century. Rich countries stepped up their donations, with much of the funding channeled through new public-private partnerships like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. But since 2008, those countries have tightened their belts; developing countries—some of which enjoy robust economic growth—are expected to shoulder more of the cost. And, increasingly, people are asking for hard data about the return on investment. In this special news section, Science tracks the impact of the explosion in funding for global health—and what happens now that it's over.