Living Goods is a nonprofit organization that runs a network of micro-entrepreneurs, known as "community health providers" (CHPs), who sell health and household goods door-to-door in Uganda and Kenya and provide basic health counseling.
A cluster randomized controlled trial found a 27% mortality decrease among young children in Ugandan villages visited by CHPs. Partly on the basis of these findings, in 2014 GiveWell estimated Living Goods' cost per life saved to be in the range of $10,000, and rated it a standout charity every year until 2021, when that designation was discontinued. An update published in 2016 noted a few developments in the intervening period, but did not revise that estimate or alter its rating.
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