“I encourage global health experts, policymakers, funders, and anyone else interested in helping create a better world to read Millions Saved. I am confident you will come away with a clearer sense of what the world has learned about fighting some of our biggest health challenges—and how we can use that knowledge to save even more lives.”
—Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“This is one of the most uplifting volumes on global health that I have come across. Solid evidence of cost effective health interventions at scale give us hope that millions more lives of the poorest and most vulnerable among us can be saved.”
—Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Finance Minister, Nigeria
“As we look forward, and begin the work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the chronicles of global health presented in this and previous editions of Millions Saved provides us with documented evidence on what works and does not work in global public health. The studies from Latin America showcase that targeted interventions addressing the needs of vulnerable and marginal populations can yield enormous dividends in health, social and economic development.”
—Carissa Etienne, Director, Pan American Health Organization
Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health chronicles the global health revolution from the ground up, showcasing twenty-two local, national, and regional health programs that have been part of this global change. The book profiles eighteen remarkable cases in which large-scale efforts to improve health in low- and middle-income countries succeeded, and four examples of promising interventions that fell short of their health targets when scaled-up in real world conditions. Each case demonstrates how much effort—and sometimes luck—is required to fight illness and sustain good health.
The cases are grouped into four main categories, reflecting the diversity of strategies to improve population health in low-and middle-income countries: rolling out medicines and technologies; expanding access to health services; targeting cash transfers to improve health; and promoting population-wide behavior change to decrease risk. The programs covered also come from various regions around the world: seven from sub-Saharan Africa, six from Latin America and the Caribbean, five from East and Southeast Asia, and four from South Asia.