A doctor examines an infant at a hospital for women and children
in Ivory Coast.
Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for financing the health Millennium Development Goals, knows something about return on investment.
Chambers, who co-founded the health advocacy organization Malaria No More, published this week in the Lancet a proposal to create a new Lives Saved Scorecard, which draws a first-of-its-kind connection between overall dollars invested in child health and the number of child deaths those investments have averted over the past decade and a half. The “resources-to-lives-saved ratio,” determined in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, allows for the kind of wide angle reflection on big outcomes that is often hard to come by in the global health field.