September 22, 2016 –The Lives Saved Tool was used by Akseer and colleagues in a recently-published equity analysis of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health interventions in Afghanistan.
The interventions chosen varied in the levels of current coverage, level of delivery, and continuum along the lifespan. Examples include antenatal care and measles vaccination. The analysis found that interventions had the greatest impact on reducing mortality in the lowest wealth quintiles. For example, interventions to reduce neonatal sepsis were estimated to prevent 60% of newborn deaths in the poorest three wealth quintiles. Other interventions like handwashing were impactful across all quintiles. Though national coverage is suboptimal, this study shows the importance of addressing inequalities in intervention coverage. The full article can be accessed here.