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Getting essential health products to their end users: Subsidize, but how much?

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Science  12 Sep 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6202, pp. 1279-1281
DOI: 10.1126/science.1256973

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Abstract

Although coverage rates and health outcomes are improving, many poor people around the world still do not benefit from essential health products. An estimated two-thirds of child deaths could be prevented with increased coverage of products such as vaccines, point-of-use water treatment, iron fortification, and insecticide-treated bednets. What limits the flow of products from the producer’s laboratory bench to the end users, and what can be done about it? Recent empirical research suggests a crucial role for heavy subsidies.

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