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
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Gary King, Thesis Supervisor Dr. 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.