Cost-effectiveness of social marketing of insecticide-treated nets for malaria control in the United Republic of Tanzania


Hanson, K; Kikumbih, N; Schellenberg, JA; Mponda, H; Nathan, R; Lake, S; Mills, A; Tanner, M; Lengeler, C; (2003) Cost-effectiveness of social marketing of insecticide-treated nets for malaria control in the United Republic of Tanzania. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 81 (4). pp. 269-76. ISSN 0042-9686

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the costs and consequences of a social marketing approach to malaria control in children by means of insecticide-treated nets in two rural districts of the United Republic of Tanzania, compared with no net use. METHODS: Project cost data were collected prospectively from accounting records. Community effectiveness was estimated on the basis of a nested case-control study and a cross-sectional cluster sample survey. FINDINGS: The social marketing approach to the distribution of insecticide-treated nets was estimated to cost 1560 US dollars per death averted and 57 US dollars per disability-adjusted life year averted. These figures fell to 1018 US dollars and 37 US dollars, respectively, when the costs and consequences of untreated nets were taken into account. CONCLUSION: The social marketing of insecticide-treated nets is an attractive intervention for preventing childhood deaths from malaria.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Academic Services & Administration > Academic Administration
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
Research Centre: Malaria Centre
PubMed ID: 12764493
Web of Science ID: 182497600007
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/16369

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