Cost Effectiveness of Water Interventions: The Case for Public Stand-Posts and Bore-Holes in Reducing Diarrhoea Among Urban Households in Uganda

Cost Effectiveness of Water Interventions: The Case for Public Stand-Posts and Bore-Holes in Reducing Diarrhoea Among Urban Households in Uganda
Water-borne diseases, especially diarrhoea, remain a big challenge to Uganda's attainment of water related Millennium Development Goals. The nation has earmarked large amounts of resources for water related interventions but the current levels of spending are inadequate to ensure everyone gets access to improved drinking water. Due to limited funding, policymakers in the water sector are concerned with how best to allocate scarce resources. This paper seeks to address part of this concern by analysing the cost-effectiveness of public stand-posts and boreholes in reducing the burden of diarrhoea among infants. The analysis conducted involved computation of the Disability Adjusted Life years (DALY) and public and social costs per DALY. Findings revealed that both the average public cost per DALY and net social cost per DALY is lower for public stand-posts than for boreholes. The implication is that public stand-posts are more cost effective in reducing the burden of diarrhoea. However, given the limited level of funding to the water sector, expanding coverage of public stand-posts would require external budget assistance.
Date: 2011-06-14
Author: Mildred Barungi & Ibrahim Kasirye
File Name: Cost Effectiveness of Water Interventions - Case for Public Stand-Posts and Boreholes in Reducing Diarrhoea Among Urban Households - RS 85.pdf
File Size: 1.71 MB
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Created Date: 06-14-2011
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