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Measuring Commitment to Health: Global Health Indicators Working Group Report

Jessica Pickett and Ruth Levine
September 7, 2006
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Funders of international development programs are increasingly relying on quantitative indicators to determine which recipient countries are most likely to use aid well. In response to a request from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, CGD convened the Global Health Indicators Working Group to examine potential measures of a government's commitment to health. The working group report recommends eight indicators for consideration by the MCC and other donors as they assess recipient country readiness to make use of foreign assistance. The indicators are: 1) DTP3 immunization rate; 2) Government public health spending; 3) Under-five mortality rate; 4) Stunting; 5) Skilled birth attendants; 6) Contraceptive prevalence rate; 7) Unmet need for family planning; and 8) Access to water.

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