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by on December 12, 2008 at 8:01 am in Medicine | Permalink

Of 51 countries that have received reward payments since 1999, six
overestimated their immunization gains by a factor of four, 10
overestimated them by a factor of two, and 23 by less than two. Eight
underestimated their progress.

Here is the article, interesting throughout.  The bottom line is this:

Since 1986, progress in childhood immunization in the developing world
has been about half that officially reported by governments in the
developing world. Not only are year-to-year improvements overstated,
but the total percentage of children immunized is far lower than
publicly acknowledged, the study found.

Bill December 12, 2008 at 10:17 am

more evidence that governments which are not held to be accountable fail to provide quality public goods to society. Welcome to political science. What’s new?

Daniel Klein December 12, 2008 at 10:43 am

Great coverage, keep exposing those lying bastards.

Phillip Huggan December 12, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Agree with mk. This accountability problem crop up a lot. The UNFCCC wants to expand CDM carbon offsets to include building retrofits but the cost is too much to make Western-paid inspectors economical. I wonder if cellphone cams or webcams could be used to document things like a child’s face and the needle injections (and carpentry work in CDM exapmple). Run the face database through facial recognition and destroy photos after immunizations complete. If Amnesty International or Oxfam runs the database there shouldn’t be a problem.
What happens to the overpayments? Go to government budgets or salaries? Big difference.

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