Health Policy and Planning: Adoption of evidence-based global policies at the national level (2)

16 November, 2020

A few minutes ago I circulated a paper from Health Policy and Planning. I have now received a second paper that is relevant to this subject, thanks to the Maternal Health Task Force. It is a reminder of the importance of economic factors in country-level policymaking.

CITATION: Lancet Glob Health 2020 Oct 30;S2214-109X(20)30369-7. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30369-7. Online ahead of print.

Cost-effectiveness of intermittent preventive treatment with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine for malaria during pregnancy: an analysis using efficacy results from Uganda and Kenya, and pooled data

Silke Fernandes, Vincent Were, Julie Gutman et al.

PMID: 33137287 DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30369-7

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33137287/

SUMMARY: Cost-effectiveness of intermittent preventive treatment with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine for malaria during pregnancy: an analysis using efficacy results from Uganda and Kenya, and pooled data

Lancet Glob Health The authors conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy. They used data from three clinical trials to calculate neonatal death, mild and moderate maternal anemia, disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) from stillbirths, clinical malaria infection, and low birthweight. They found that three doses of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (IPTp-DP) administered to a hypothetical cohort of 1000 pregnant women averted 892 DALYs at US$7,051 as the incremental cost, when compared to the same dose of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP). Additionally, monthly doses of IPTp-DP averted 534 DALYs at US$13,427, when compared to the same dose of IPTp-SP. They conclude that IPTp-DP is cost-effective in places with high malaria transmission and IPTp-SP resistance.

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