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The Cheapest Way To Save A Life

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The most cost-effective way to save a human life right now is to help give Vitamin A drops to certain groups of people, thanks to the health effects of the drops and the ease of their distribution.

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To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Vitamin A: A group of nutrients called retinoids used in several different processes in the human body.
– Malaria: A serious disease carried by parasites in a certain type of mosquito that feeds on humans.
– Value of Life: The economic value used to quantify the benefit of avoiding a fatality
– Upstream interventions: Approaches to healthcare that address root causes rather than symptoms.
– Night Blindness: An early symptom of Vitamin A deficiency in which the eye is unable to process low levels of light.

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REFERENCES
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Linus Pauling Institute. Vitamin A. Micronutrient Information Center. Oregon State University. Retrieved from: https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-A#introduction

Imdad, A, Mayo‐Wilson, E, Herzer, K, and Bhutta, ZA (2017). Vitamin A supplementation for preventing morbidity and mortality in children from six months to five years of age. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Vol 3. Retrieved from: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD008524.pub3/full

GiveWell. Vitamin A Supplementation. Retrieved from: https://www.givewell.org/international/technical/programs/vitamin-A

GiveWell. 2020 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Retrieved from: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16XOOB1oWse1ICbF0OVXUYtwWwpvG3mxAAQ6LYAAndQU/edit#gid=1377543212

Anna J. MacMonegle, James Nonnemaker, Jennifer C. Duke, Matthew C. Farrelly, Xiaoquan Zhao, Janine C. Delahanty, Alexandria A. Smith, Pamela Rao, Jane A. Allen (2018). Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of The Real Cost Campaign’s Effect on Smoking Prevention. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol 55:3 (319-325). Retrieved from: https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(18)31877-4/fulltext

Our World in Data. Causes of Death. Retrieved from: https://ourworldindata.org/causes-of-death#cause-by-cause

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