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Reading that article is outrageous. Save thousands of lives a year in every single hospital? And what is the cost? About 2 to 3 million dollars? It would be an absolute bargain at 10 Billion dollars.

But we are not doing it. Why? Because we misallocate the founds.




I just did the calculations, if we ignore the money saved and assume the projects total expenses are going to be 4 million, then it only needs to save at least 1198 people to beat the top rated charity on GiveWell (Against Malaria foundation).

Looking at the data (http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1306801) there were 721,800 what they call health care associated infections in 2011 (I couldn't find newer data). If the rate goes down at what the article suggest, (75%) then we will save 541350 people a year using this method whereas it would cost more than 1.8 Billion dollars to save the same amount of lives using the Against Malaria foundation.

This is almost 500 times as effective!

How do we get this knowledge to people who have 2 million dollars to spare?




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