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Case Studies in Global Health: Millions Saved

Author(s): Ruth Levine, PhD, Senior Fellow and Director of Programs, Center for Global Development
  • ISBN-13: 9780763746209
  • ISBN-10:0763746207
  • Paperback    172 pages      © 2007
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"This book demonstrates that smart, well-constructed investments in global health can achieve a widespread impact on the way people live."

--Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator

Instructor Resources: Instructor's Manual, PowerPoints

One of the greatest human accomplishments has been the spectacular improvement in health since 1950, particularly in developing countries. With death rates falling steadily, more progress was made in the health of populations in the past half-century than in many earlier millennia. A careful look at that success can yield important lessons about how to tackle the challenges of HIV/AIDS, child health, and global health inequities in the future.

This series of twenty case studies illustrates real-life proven, large-scale success stories in global public health. Drawing from a rich evidence base, the accessible case write-ups highlight experiences in scale-up of health technologies, strengthening of health systems, and the use of health education and policy change to achieve impressive reductions in disease and disability, even in the poorest countries. An overview chapter draws attention to factors that contributed to the successes. Discussion questions help to bring out the main points and provide a point of departure for independent student research.

Useful as a stand-alone text or as a complement to Essentials of Global Health, this book will give your students a clear and inspiring picture of how global public health efforts have made a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Looking for more real-life evidence? Check out Cases 1, 3, 6, 7, & 13 in Essential Case Studies in Public Health, Putting Public Health into Practice.

Introduction     Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health                    


1           Eradicating Smallpox                                                               

2          Preventing HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Thailand

3          Controlling Tuberculosis in China                                             

4          Reducing Child Mortality through Vitamin A in Nepal

5          Eliminating Polio in Latin America and the Caribbean    

6          Saving Mothers’ Lives in Sri Lanka                                          

7          Controlling Onchocerciasis (Riverblindness) in Sub-Saharan Africa       

8          Preventing Diarrheal Deaths in Egypt                            

9          Improving the Health of the Poor in Mexico                              

10        Controlling Trachoma in Morocco                                            

11        Reducing Guinea Worm in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa          

12        Controlling Chagas Disease in the Southern Cone of South America                 

13        Reducing Fertility in Bangladesh                                               

14        Curbing Tobacco Use in Poland                                               

15        Preventing Iodine Deficiency Disease in China              

16        Preventing Neural Tube Defects in Chile

17        Eliminating Measles in Southern Africa                         

18        Preventing Dental Caries in Jamaica                                         

19        Treating Cataracts in India

20        Preventing Hib Disease in Chile and The Gambia                      


Appendix A       The What Works Working Group                                            

Appendix B       What Works Working Group Methods and Limitations                      

Appendix C       Discussion Questions  




Ruth Levine, PhD-Senior Fellow and Director of Programs, Center for Global Development

Ruth Levine, PhD is a Senior Fellow and Director of Programs at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and head of CGD’s Global Health Policy Research Network. An expert on health and education, she was previously a Senior Economist at the World Bank and Social Sectors Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank.  She has worked in 14 developing countries and on global programs such as the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization.  Ms. Levine holds a doctoral degree in economics and public health from Johns Hopkins University and is co-author of The Health of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean and Making Markets for Vaccines: Ideas to Action

  • "This book demonstrates that smart, well-constructed investments in global health can achieve a widespread impact on the way people live."

    --Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, “FiveBooks Interview on Breakthroughs in Development,” The Browser  (June 2011)

  • “I used your Millions Saved book for the first time this year in my undergrad global health course as case studies for discussion groups.  It's a great resource and offers entre into a bunch of great discussion topics.”

    —James M. Tielsch, PhD, Professor, Associate Chair for Academic Programs, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • "It is well written, informative and will provide critical case studies for discussion in our Global Health Seminar."

    —Dr. Mary Jean Flaherty, RN, PhD

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ISBN-13: 9780763746209

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