Larger HIV Prevention Programs in Low-, Middle-Income Countries Can Reduce Costs, Increase Efficacy, Study Says
July 16, 2007
Larger HIV prevention programs in low- and middle-income countries can reduce program unit costs and increase efficacy, according to a study published recently in BMC Health Services Research, Asian News International reports. For the study, Elliott Marseille, a researcher at the University of California-San Francisco's Institute for Health Policy Studies, and colleagues examined HIV prevention programs in India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Uganda. They studied six types of ongoing prevention interventions:
According to Marseille, the researchers found that each doubling of the scale of a program reduced the average unit cost by one-third. He added that although the study is "broad," its findings indicate that "rapidly ramping up well-run, existing programs could have an immediate, startling effect in improving efficiency, reducing costs and containing" the spread of HIV.
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