An African Public Health Story 2: Let’s Talk of Funding

In Health Policies, Healthcare, Malaria on May 29, 2013 at 12:13 am


This write-up is a continuation of our discourse on the Zambian Malaria Initiative. Click here to read Part 1 of the blog post. This initiative was introduced by the Zambian National Government and a host of international partners to eradicate malaria from Zambia.

After reading Part 1 of the write-up and perhaps other write-ups on this topic, I hope the reader will ask the same questions I asked. “How can this effort be sustained? Will funding costs allow it to be replicated successfully in other malaria-endemic African countries?”. In 2006 and 2008, the Zambian malaria eradication project costs approximately $35 million and $40 million respectively. This implies huge financial implications for all funding parties. Hence, any event that prevents Zambia’s international partners from future funding of the project means that all past gains will be relinquished.

Read an earlier blog post titled Health Inequalities-Wealth is Health that discusses the impact of resources on the health of nations.

Perhaps a better question to ask is: How can public health interventions, especially in resource-poor settings become more efficient? What new and innovative techniques are been applied to reduce costs, in malaria and other disease intervention programs in Africa? Please comment and share what you know or what you are doing.


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