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Enhance the LiST methodology


Enhance the LiST methodology

BMC Public Health: The Lives Saved Tool in 2013: new capabilities and applications, Volume 13 Supplement 3

BMC Public Health LiST Supplement 2011 

New LiST Interactive Training Tool Now Online

New Resource: Intervention Effect Estimate Summaries

Supported by another grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a tool for maternal and child health program planning has been developed.  This software tool, Lives Saved Tool (LiST) (formerly IMPACT), is used to estimate the impact (in lives saved) and cost of scaling up various interventions. The tool is designed so that a user can load in country-specific information on coverage of over 40 interventions and the causes of deaths by age for the country, along with other relevant background information about the particular country, such as rate of stunting, exposure to P. falciparum malaria, etc. The user can then build scenarios of different packages of expanded heath coverage. For each of these packages the model produces estimates of deaths averted and will produce estimates of costs.

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Methods and Expected Products

The most important work that will be done in this grant is to continue to add functions that support decision making at the country level. For example, the first costing component is being developed and estimates of causes of maternal deaths and effectiveness of interventions to reduce these deaths are being produced for incorporation into the LiST tool. CHERG will also support the development of a web-based version of the tool for less in-depth analyses of the costs and impact of scaling up interventions.  We assume that this tool will be used to help develop advocacy pieces by answering questions such as “How many lives could be saved if we provided an additional one million dollars for vaccines in the Congo?” 

Related Resource
Intervention Effect Estimate Summaries

Related Articles

Fischer Walker CL and Walker N. The Lives Saved Tool (LiST) as a model for diarrhea mortality reduction. BMC Medicine 2014, 12:70. doi:10.1186/1741-7015-12-70

Trends in causes of death among children under 5 in Bangladesh, 1993-2004: an exercise applying a standardized computer algorithm to assign causes of death using verbal autopsy data. Liu L, Li Q, Lee RA, Friberg IK, Perin J, Walker N Black RE.  (2011). Population Health Metrics, 9:43. 

During the ‘Decade of Vaccines,’ the lives of 6.4 million children valued at $230 billion could be saved. Ozawa S, Stack ML, Bishai DM, Mirelman A, Friberg IK, Neissen L, Walker D, Levine O. (2011)  Health Affairs 30(6):1010-1020. 

Maternal, neonatal, and child health in southeast Asia: towards greater regional collaboration. Acuin, Cecilia S, Geok Lin Khor,Tippawan Liabsuetrakul, Endang L Achadi,Thein Thein Htay, Rebecca Firestone, Zulfiqar A Bhutta (2011). The Lancet. 377(9764): 516-525.

Scaling up diarrhea prevention and treatment interventions: A Lives Saved Tool analysis. Fischer-Walker CL, Ingrid K Friberg, Nancy Binkin, Mark Young, Neff Walker, Olivier Fontaine, Eva Weissman, Akanksha Gupta, Robert E Black (2011). PLoS Medicine. 8(3): 1-10. 

Stillbirths: how can health systems deliver for mothers and babies? The Lancet. Pattinson, Robert, Kate Kerber, Eckhart Buchmann, Ingrid K Friberg, Maria Belizan, Sonia Lansky, Eva Weissman, Matthews Mathai, Igor Rudan, Neff Walker, Joy E Lawn, for the Stillbirths Series steering committee (2011). 377(9777): 1610-1623.

Stillbirths: what difference can we make and at what cost?  Bhutta, Zulfiqar A, Mohammad Yawar Yakoob, Joy E Lawn, Arjumand Rizvi, Ingrid K Friberg, Eva Weissman,  Eckhart Buchmann, Robert L Goldenberg, for the Stillbirths Series steering committee (2011). The Lancet. 377(9776): 1523-1538.

BMC Public Health LiST Supplement (2011) Now Online 

Special International Journal of Epidemiology Supplement (2010) on the development and use of the Lives Saved Tool (LiST).

New LiST Interactive Training Tool Now Online

Untitled Document

Examination of Child in Benin

PowerPoint Presentation
Global Child Mortality: Estimates of Levels and Causes for 2000-2010

New Publications 
Born Too Small: National and regional estimates of babies born small for gestational age. Healthy Newborn Network Blog on new article in Lancet Global Health

PLOS Med Collection: Measuring Coverage in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

LiST Tool
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Lives Saved Tool in 2013: BMC Public Health Special Issue