The economic burden of 'malaria' morbidity on households in Mtoko district of North-Eastern Zimbabwe

 

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dc.contributor.advisor McIntyre, Di en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Chandiwana, Shingirai David en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-08T08:02:49Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-08T08:02:49Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Chandiwana, S. 2006. The economic burden of 'malaria' morbidity on households in Mtoko district of North-Eastern Zimbabwe. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/9342
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 135-147). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This thesis presents the findings of a research on the economic burden of malaria morbidity to rural households in Mtoko district of North-East Zimbabwe. The main objective of this study was to ascertain the household level impacts of direct costs (medical costs, consultation costs, transport costs and other related costs) and indirect costs (lost productive time by malaria sufferers whilst sick, lost time by caretakers whilst caring for the sick) due to malaria sickness. A cross sectional study with both descriptive and analytical features was carried out and the main finding from the research was that the economic costs of seeking malaria care were regressive. In other words the poor were using a higher percentage of their income whilst seeking malaria care. In addition, access to care was very limited for the poor as they either could not afford to access the care because of prohibitive costs or they were geographically too far away from sources of care to easily access it. Furthermore, indirect costs were far higher than direct costs as they constituted a greater percentage of total malaria costs. It was concluded that measures meant to exempt the poor from paying for malaria treatment and care were needed to limit the economic burden of malaria morbidity on poor households. The need to ensure that cheap affordable malaria drugs were available to the affected rural people is imperative. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Public Health en_ZA
dc.title The economic burden of 'malaria' morbidity on households in Mtoko district of North-Eastern Zimbabwe en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Health Economics Unit en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MMed en_ZA
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