Narrowing the Gaps: The power of investing in the poorest children

by Carlos Carrera, Genevieve Begkoyian, Shahrouh Sharif et al.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), July 2017

32 pp. 9.6 MB
https://www.unicef.org/publications/files/UNICEF_The_power_of_investing_in_the_p
oorest_children.pdf

This report provides compelling new evidence that backs up an unconventional prediction UNICEF made in 2010: The higher cost of reaching the poorest children with life-saving, high-impact health interventions would be outweighed by greater results. This new study combines modelling and data from 51 countries. The results indicate that the number of lives saved by investing in the most deprived is almost twice as high as the number saved by equivalent investment in less deprived groups.

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