Millions Saved rigorously evaluates 22 programs from Haiti to Botswana, Peru to Pakistan, in order to understand what works in global health and why. Coauthor Amanda Glassman visits the CGD Podcast to share some of the book’s cases and takeaways.
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Over the past decade we’ve seen major progress in fighting some of the world’s worst health scourges: AIDS deaths are on the decline, polio has been eliminated in all but two countries, more people have access to healthcare. This is cause for optimism.
Millions Saved 3 is coming soon — and in addition to scale and proven effectiveness, affordability and cost-effectiveness will take center stage as essential considerations for this new edition.
Good news stories in global health rarely dominate the headlines; it can be easy to lose sight of the progress being made by global health investments and efforts around the world.
Cement is poured, and children in Mexico have less diarrhea. Acetic acid is applied, and cervical cancer claims the lives of fewer women in India. Poor households receive regular cash transfers in South Africa, and girls reduce sexual activity. These are a few cases in which large-scale efforts to improve health in low and middle-income countries have succeeded, and are among a new generation of success stories that CGD and the Disease Control Priorities Network (DCPN) will feature in the third edition of Millions Saved, set for release in 2015.
This is the first blog in a series of two. Read the second here. This is a joint post with Miriam Temin. Miriam is coordinating editor for the new edition of Millions Saved.
After a comprehensive literature review, expert consultations, public calls for proposals, and advisory group meetings, we’ve mostly decided on a short list of cases for the new edition of Millions Saved—a book of case studies that document global health successes at scale. Selected interventions range from helmet laws to universal health coverage programs—but one of the most well-known global health efforts of the last decade, malaria control, hasn’t made our list -- at least not yet (for more on what did make the list, check back here in the coming months).
Over the last half-century, global health gains have increased at historic levels (you can see for yourself by using Hans Rosling’s entertaining and informative Gapminder tool). While parts of the gain can be attributed to economic growth, specific health efforts continue to generate significant health benefits.