Denmark’s bang-for-your-buck global health proponent commented in Slate last month on the Copenhagen Consensus 2012 report,which emphasizes the continuing import of malaria, TB (and a hoped-for HIV vaccine) but also other essential health interventions that are less famous: new(ish) vaccines, including Haemophilus influenza B (a cause of meningitis in infants), Streptococcus pneumonia, Hepatitis B, and rotavirus and shigella (viral and bacterial) diarrheas. These are all huge causes of disease children.
improved immunization saves more lives per year than would be saved by global peace.
spending $300 million a year [on malaria[ would prevent 300,000 child deaths…Spending $300 million [on deworming campaigns] would mean about 300 million children could be dewormed, with benefits in economic terms 10 times higher than the costs.
It’s good to see newer vaccines and neglected tropical diseases up there with the Big 3 diseases (even if Peter Hotez’ recent PLoS editorial calling Chagas disease the AIDS of the Americas is a little senastionalist.)
You can see the rest of Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus 2012 series on Slate here, including newer articles.