In a large study, supported by UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research & Training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, the provision of malaria diagnosis and treatment for children under 5 via trained voluntary community health workers in Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Uganda improved malaria case management and also reduced household costs for healthcare.
Borislava Mihaylova, a senior health economist at HERC, contributed to the components of the study evaluating the time committed by community health workers and the impact of the intervention on private household costs. The study reported that during the study the community health workers spent up to an hour and a half daily on child healthcare in their communities with the household’s costs for healthcare more than halved. These data are informative of the value of community interventions in resource limited settings.
Link to paper on intervention impact on household costs: http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/63/suppl_5/S256.full
Link to paper on quantifying community health worker time: http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/63/suppl_5/S298.full
Link to special issue presenting all study results: http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/63/suppl_5.toc