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Economic burden of malaria in rural Tanzania: variations by socioeconomic status and season

Somi, Masha; Butler, James; Vahid, Farshid; Njau, Joseph; Kachur, S Patrick; Abdulla, Salim

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Objective: To determine the economic burden of malaria in a rural Tanzanian setting and identify any differences by socioeconomic status and season. Methods: Interviews of 557 households in south eastern Tanzania between May and December 2004, on consumption and malaria-related costs. Results: Malaria-related expenses were significantly higher in the dry, non-malarious season than in the rainy season. Households sought treatment more frequently and from more expensive service providers in the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSomi, Masha
dc.contributor.authorButler, James
dc.contributor.authorVahid, Farshid
dc.contributor.authorNjau, Joseph
dc.contributor.authorKachur, S Patrick
dc.contributor.authorAbdulla, Salim
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:41:28Z
dc.identifier.issn1360-2276
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/24335
dc.description.abstractObjective: To determine the economic burden of malaria in a rural Tanzanian setting and identify any differences by socioeconomic status and season. Methods: Interviews of 557 households in south eastern Tanzania between May and December 2004, on consumption and malaria-related costs. Results: Malaria-related expenses were significantly higher in the dry, non-malarious season than in the rainy season. Households sought treatment more frequently and from more expensive service providers in the dry season, when they have more money. Malaria expenses did not vary significantly across socioeconomic status quintiles, but poorer households spent a higher proportion of their consumption in both seasons. Conclusion: Poorer households bear a greater economic burden from malaria relative to their consumption than better-off households. Households are particularly vulnerable to malaria in the rainy season, when malaria prevalence is highest but liquidity is lower. Alternative strategies to assist households to cope with seasonal liquidity issues, including insurance, should be investigated.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceTropical Medicine and International Health
dc.subjectKeywords: economic conditions; health expenditure; health services; malaria; rural area; seasonal variation; socioeconomic status; adolescent; adult; article; controlled study; cost of illness; disease duration; disease transmission; health care cost; household; hu Economic burden; Malaria; Season; Socioeconomic status; Tanzania
dc.titleEconomic burden of malaria in rural Tanzania: variations by socioeconomic status and season
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume12
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor140208 - Health Economics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9501697xPUB31
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSomi, Masha, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationButler, James, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationVahid, Farshid, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationNjau, Joseph, Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre
local.contributor.affiliationKachur, S Patrick, Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre
local.contributor.affiliationAbdulla, Salim, Ifakara Health Research and Development Centre
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue10
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1139
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1147
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-3156.2007.01899.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T11:01:31Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-35448942776
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