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Focus On MICs For Greatest Impact On Disease

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and senior fellow at CGD, and CGD Research Assistant Yuna Sakuma compare new data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington with a paper Glassman co-authored in 2011 using 2004 data, saying both sets of data show “[t]he majority of the world’s sick live in middle-income countries (MIC).” They summarize the data and write, “While these new data don’t necessarily tell a new story, they still herald important implications for the way global health donors allocate resources and focus efforts moving forward. If global health funders care about having the greatest possible impact on disease at the lowest possible cost, a new, tailored MIC strategy needs to be developed.” Glassman and Sakuma provide several recommendations (9/9).