Healthy Skepticism

Global health funders that generate their own estimates of lives saved should face more scrutiny, Rocco Friebel of the London School of Economics and Political Science and co-authors suggest in a commentary.
Taking on The Global Fund’s claim that it has saved 27 million lives, they acknowledge that the Fund, which has distributed more than $39 billion in aid across 120 countries, has undoubtedly helped millions of people. However, they express concern that the report does not share enough data and methodology to allow external researchers to verify the claims. “The method for calculating lives saved is obscure and risks overstating the Global Fund's effects,” they write—adding that the lack of transparency is especially problematic given the public funding that fuels The Global Fund.
The Lancet (viewpoint)

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