There is lack of published data on the costs of blood and blood transfusion in sub-Saharan Africa. Experts consulted for this rapid review confirm that the deficiency in the breakdown of components involved in costs hinders fair comparative analysis with different countries. Although the focus for this rapid review is on costs associated with blood transfusion, an overall understanding of the costs (and the processes driving the costs) for all blood products (such as whole blood, and platelets or red blood cells, red blood cell count) is included.
K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development.
Tull, K. (2017). Blood Costs in Zimbabwe. K4D Helpdesk Report 246. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.
Published 1 November 2017