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In the poorest countries of the world, millions of people still suffer and die from easily preventable diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and polio. The world has responded to this scandal by pouring billions of dollars of aid into health through organizations like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the GAVI Alliance.
Developing country governments themselves are also spending much more on health.
But how do we know if all of this spending is actually improving people’s health? How do we know that when a child in rural Tanzania has a fever, she gets diagnosed correctly and treatment is available? Or how do we know that a baby born in Kenya to a mother with HIV will be able to receive life-saving antiretrovirals?