Millions Saved Second Call for Proposals


The Disease Control Priorities Network and the Center for Global Development invite DCP3 editors and authors to submit case study proposals for a new edition of the best-selling Millions Saved: Case Studies in Global Health.

Millions Saved was first published in 2004 by the Center for Global Development. By popular demand, a 2nd Edition was published in 2007, with case studies submitted by DCP2 authors.

DCP3 collaborators now have an opportunity to propose new case studies to be included in a completely new edition of Millions Saved, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Selected case studies will be prepared with collaboration of a professional writer.

  • Updated compilation of what works in global health
  • Provides evidence for setting health priorities
  • Disseminated to new audiences through social media and creative graphics
  • Publication with Skolnik's 3rd Edition of Global Health 101
Selection Criteria

Interventions should address a problem of public health significance. In this case, mortality, morbidity, or another standardized measure such as burden of disease—disability adjusted life years (DALYs)—is useful as an indicator of importance, but other indicators such as equity or demand on health system resources may be considered.

Interventions or programs should demonstrate a positive, significant and attributable impact on population health outcomes (morbidity and/or mortality), using a study design that employs impact evaluation approaches and methods. Demonstration of impact should be quantitative.

Economic evaluation
Interventions should be highly cost-effective, as determined by a country-based threshold. Additional economic analysis, including cost-benefit and assessments of impact on non-health outcomes, such as financial protection or equity, are strongly desirable.

Interventions shall have functioned “at scale” for at least two years.

Scale and generalizability
Interventions should be implemented on a significant scale. In some contexts, this will mean nationwide, but regional or other relevant population scales are acceptable. Programs may be characterized as “national” if they represent a national-level commitment, even if they target a health problem that affects only a limited geographic area or sub-group. Programs implemented on a pilot basis, or in small sub-national areas may be excluded.

Cases will be screened and selected by a joint committee of DCP3 editors, CGD staff, and other experts.
Proposal Submission

Who Should Submit
Via this call, DCP3 series editors invite DCP3 editors and authors to submit ideas for case studies that will demonstrate high impact on a global health condition or population. Case studies describing impact on financial protection, equity and responsiveness, and health are welcome, as well as good case studies of unsuccessful projects.

How To Submit
Proposal submissions must be received by October 1, 2013. Proposals should be no longer than 2 pages single-spaced, and include sufficient detail for reviewers to assess based on the above criteria. Authors of selected case studies will be notified before December 15, 2013. Please include full contact information for the submitting author.


November 2013: Case proposals reviewed by committee

December 2013: Case proposers advised of decisions

May 30, 2014: First draft case study chapter submitted

August 30, 2014: Comments and revisions to first draft chapters provided to case study authors

November 30, 2014: Final versions of case study chapters submitted

Contact Information

Center for Global Development
Kate McQueston, Program Coordinator

Disease Control Priorities Network
Brianne Adderley, Project Coordinator