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The Lives Saved Tool (LiST)


The Lives Saved Tool (LiST) is an evidence-based decision-making tool for estimating the impact of different intervention packages and coverage levels at country, state, or district level. It is a computer-based tool that allows users to set up and run multiple scenarios, providing a structured format to combine the best scientific information about effectiveness of interventions for maternal, neonatal and child health with information about cause of death and current coverage of interventions. This enables program managers or Ministry of Health personnel to inform their planning and decision-making, helping to prioritize investments and evaluate existing programs.

The LiST module can be used as a stand-alone piece to evaluate the impact of scaling-up all of the included interventions, a subset of them (for example, malaria control interventions), or a single one, and as a tool to estimate the number of lives saved by different interventions or a combination of them.

Tool Designer Organization:
Consortium of Academic and International Organizations, led by the Institute of International Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
tool [in English] from the JHSPH website
Thomas Eisele

Summary of main features

To estimate the impact in terms of lives saved of scaling up different intervention packages.
Scope of interventions
HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, M&E plan and budget, Global Fund proposal writing
Informed planning and decision-making at the program level
Time frame
Potential users
Country- and district-level policymakers, planners and managers, technical staff in partner organisations
Skills required
Programmatic and/or public health and/or M&E skills
Type of software
Spectrum (can be installed from the LiST website)
User manual available?
Type and length of training required
Training manuals available on the website
Available languages
English (the final version will also be available in French and Spanish)
Country applications
Estimated intervention impact can be useful to inform planning at the country level (either health-wide sector or specific disease programs).
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