Does United States Health Aid Work? An Examination of Health Programs Funded by the United States and their Relationship to Health Outcomes in Mexico from 1997-2015

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Noll, Margaret
Area of Honors:
International Politics
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Gary King, Thesis Supervisor
  • Matthew Richard Golder, Honors Advisor
  • Health
  • Foreign Aid
  • United States
  • Mexico
  • Foreign Policy
  • international politics
  • global health
  • Health aid
This paper adds to the complex debate about health aid. By analyzing health aid flows from the United States to Mexico during a critical period of global health engagement (1997-2013), this paper was able to discern if statistical relationships exist between health aid funding and health outcomes in Mexico. The United States committed funding to HIV/AIDS programs, infectious disease/TB programs, and maternal/child health programs in Mexico across this time period. Using correlational and regression models, this paper found that while the US committed the most funding to HIV/AIDS and infectious disease/TB programs, it demonstrated little to no relationship with health outcomes in Mexico. This research supports a critical examination of the manner in which the United States spends resources on health programs in Mexico.