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Economic Impact

A 2009 report from the Duke Global Health Institute described the enormous impact of the global health sector on the economy of North Carolina. The following is excerpted from the report:


Global health is a field in which North Carolina excels through specialized institutions such as the Duke Global Health Institute, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and various non-profit organizations, including Family Health International, RTI International and IntraHealth. Each of these groups is known for their role in discovering, developing, and promoting innovations in global health research, education, policy, and service.
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The main study findings were as follows:

(1) In 2007 North Carolina’s global health sector supported more than 7,000 jobs and $508 million in salaries and wages annually. The impact of global health on the state’s economy ranged from $1.7 to $2.0 billion.

(2) The strongest contributor to global health is North Carolina’s non-profit sector. Non-profit organizations, charities, and research institutions together comprised 3,400 jobs, $267 million in wages, and more than $1 billion in total business activity. One of the largest contributors is RTI International, headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, which is one of the oldest and largest science parks in North America. In 2007, RTI International received more than $216 million in grants for ongoing projects related to women’s reproductive health issues, neglected tropical diseases and malaria eradication. That figure jumped sharply from $165 million in 2006.

(3) North Carolina’s academic community also contributes significantly to global health, with nearly $51 million in total business activity in 2007. Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill account for roughly 90 percent of this sector’s total impact on global health. The most significant contributors within these institutions are the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Duke Global Health Institute.

(4) Other notable considerations include the impact of North Carolina’s pharmaceutical and research industries on global health. These areas represent the top two contributors within the for-profit sector, followed by medical apparatus manufacturing. Most of these companies’ exports go to South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, and Turkey. In 2007, the total for-profit sector supported 3,000 jobs in global health, generated $220 million in wages, and had an economic impact of $591 million.

In general, the report’s findings verify that there is a strong relationship between the State of North Carolina and the global health sector, providing thousands of jobs and economic benefit to the state while improving lives around the world. North Carolina’s commitment to improving health conditions and eliminating health disparities is marked by its significant and tangible impact on global health, which continues to grow over time, and provides meaningful and lasting results for underserved populations around the world, as well as the citizens of North Carolina.


The full report may be found at this link:

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