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Every hour, tuberculosis kills nine Bangladeshis. Another seven die each hour from arsenic in drinking water. Simple and cheap solutions are available to avoid almost all these deaths.

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Analyzing the benefit-cost ratio of interventions to improve the outcomes for those with drug-susceptible and multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis

Benefits and costs of controlling the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Bangladesh.

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Benefits and Costs of Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions

Benefits and costs of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene interventions.  

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Analyzing Benefit-Cost Ratio of Health Interventions for Improving Maternal and Child Mortality and Child Immunization in Bangladesh

Benefits and costs of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and increasing child immunization in Bangladesh. 

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Like most developing countries, Bangladesh has to grapple with serious issues of public health. Every hour, tuberculosis kills nine Bangladeshis. Another seven die each hour from arsenic in drinking water. Barely half of all children in remote rural areas and urban slums have received immunization injections, and a disproportionate number of poor women die in childbirth. Simple and cheap solutions are available to avoid almost all these deaths. Research from Bangladesh Priorities provides new analysis of the best solutions for these and the other grave health issues.

Proposed Strategies

Strategy Takas of benefits per taka spent
TB treatment 21
Multi-drug resistant TB treatment 3
Treat arsenic for all affected 7
Treat arsenic for 20% worst affected 17
Hand-washing promotion 1.2
Facility births with skilled attendant 8
Newborn homecare by health workers 27
Immunize children in urban slums 15
Immunize children in remote areas 8
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Analyzing the benefit-cost ratio of interventions to improve the outcomes for those with drug-susceptible and multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis

Research by Anna Vasssall, a senior lecturer in health economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, outlines a cost-effective TB treatment strategy using community health clinics.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious public health problem in Bangladesh. Bangladesh ranks 6th globally in terms of the burden of TB on the population."

- Anna Vassal

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Benefits and Costs of Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Interventions

New research by Bjorn Larsen, Environmental Economist, investigates three water supply options that can limit arsenic exposure: deep tubewells, rainwater harvesting, or pond sand filters.

As many as 98% of the population in Bangladesh have access to an improved drinking water source. This is a tremendous achievement at Bangladesh’s income level. It was, however, discovered that many of the tubewells were contaminated by arsenic."

- Bjorn Larsen

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Analyzing Benefit-Cost Ratio of Health Interventions for Improving Maternal and Child Mortality and Child Immunization in Bangladesh

Research by Jahangir A.M. Khan, senior lecturer in health economics at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Sayem Ahmed, research investigator at The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, looks first at making births safer. Getting more women to deliver in medical facilities, which only half do now, could help. 

A future vision for continuation of health improvement in the country thus requires evidence on economic benefits in addition to health benefits, which would be necessary for the investment plan of the government."

- Jahangir A. M. Khan & Sayem Ahmed

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Healthcare solutions that are smart

In a series of op-eds published in The Daily Star and Prothom Alo, Bjorn Lomborg outlined the key findings of the path-breaking research produced by the Bangladesh Priorities project.

Every hour, tuberculosis kills nine Bangladeshis. Another seven die each hour from arsenic in drinking water. Simple and cheap solutions are available to avoid almost all these deaths." - Bjorn Lomborg

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What do you think?

These new studies suggest some of the smartest solutions for the health challenges that still plague the country. Would these strategies be some of your top priorities for Bangladesh? We want you to continue the conversation about how to do the most good for every taka spent by participating in our Facebook poll. 

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