Posted by chads on February 8, 2007
There are a number of recent global health successes that show that, yes, in fact, well-planned, coordinated global health interventions do save lives:
-According to a recent Lancet article, between 1999 and 2005, mortality owing to measles was reduced by 60%, from an estimated 873,000 deaths (uncertainty bounds 634,000-1,140,000) in 1999 to 345,000 deaths (247,000-458,000) in 2005. An article in the magazine Economist gives a good summary. See Malaria under the categories on the side bar for other posts about measles, immunization campaigns, and the LDS Church’s involvement in that campaign.
-According to Dr. Constance Bart-Plange, Programme Manager of the National Malaria Control Programme in Ghana, malaria deaths in children in the country has reduced by half between 2003 and the end of 2006. (To my knowledge, this data has not been published or subject to peer review. These preliminary results, however, are promising.)
As soon as I find some time, I will post a review on a highly recommended book that highlights a number of other global health success stories: Millions Saved.