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Did Economists Really Get Africa’s AIDS Epidemic “Analytically Wrong”? (A Reply)
August 22, 2023
A recent, thought-provoking blog by our colleague, Justin Sandefur, titled “How Economists got Africa’s AIDS Epidemic Wrong”, has sparked a debate about the historical role of cost-effectiveness analysis in assessing the investments of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and, imp...
How Economists got Africa’s AIDS Epidemic Wrong
May 31, 2023
In the 2000s, cost-effectiveness analysis said it was a bad use of money to send antiretroviral drugs to low-income countries—drugs that ended up saving millions of lives.
CGD Contributions to Enhancing the “Value for Money” of HIV/AIDS Financing
November 10, 2022
This case study examines the extent to which CGD’s work may have impacted the adoption of a VfM agenda at HIV donor agencies and analyzes the evidentiary basis for claims regarding the specific mechanisms by which it did so.
Where Is the UK’s Global Fund Commitment? Four Questions the UK Should be Asking to Cleverly Navigate the Seventh Global Fund Replenishment
September 22, 2022
The UK is being asked for £1.8 billion, making this one of the biggest decisions facing James Cleverly, the new Secretary of State, within his first two weeks of the job. We will review what is known about the FCDO’s likely commitment, and recommend four key questions that the new Secretary of State...
From Battling One Disease to Strengthening Whole Health Systems: Three Recommendations for “Reimagining” PEPFAR
August 10, 2022
PEPFAR’s new strategy—to be released in final form later this year—focuses on how to accelerate progress toward epidemic control amidst continued impacts from COVID-19, while also strengthening core health system functions as well as partnership and coordination efforts; this is precisely what the c...
Low-Income Countries Need a Boost for the Recovery. Here's How the IMF Can Step Up
May 03, 2021
Most observers gave the IMF high marks for its initial response to the COVID-19 crisis. It responded quickly with emergency financing to 86 countries, including a fivefold increase in its concessional lending to low-income countries. And its leadership was quick to recognize that the unpreceden...
Data Science to Forecast Demand for Supplies at Health Clinics
July 31, 2020
Accurately forecasting the demand for health products at health clinics, and ordering the correct quantity, is a significant challenge to ensuring availability of health products at the last mile of health systems. While much progress has been made since then in terms of more accurate global fo...
Building Resilient Health Systems: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone and the 2014 Ebola Outbreak
March 25, 2020
Developing countries are characterized by high rates of mortality and morbidity. A potential contributing factor is the low utilization of health systems, stemming from the low perceived quality of care delivered by health personnel. This factor may be especially critical during crises, when individ...
How Can We Prepare for Coronavirus? Learn from Liberia’s Experience with Ebola
March 10, 2020
It was bound to happen: the Covid-19 strain of the coronavirus has come to sub-Saharan Africa. Based on our experiences fighting Ebola in Liberia, here's what African countries need to do now.
HIV Treatment in Rural South Africa Increases Employment among HIV-Negative Neighbors—Especially Women
December 02, 2019
This World AIDS Day, Mead Over and Julia Kaufman examine the positive spillover effects of treating HIV.