In 1998, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified malaria as a key priority, and announced the launch of the Roll Back Malaria campaign, which aims to bring about a significant reduction in the global malaria burden, with an initial emphasis on the high transmission areas of Africa. The new initiative has arisen out of a strong and growing political commitment to combat the disease, both in affected countries and the donor community. The aim of this report is to support this initiative through the synthesis and analysis of information on the cost-effectiveness and economic benefits of malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Whilst economic analysis is only one of many inputs into the decision-making process, it can provide policy-makers with important information on the interventions which represent the best value for money in Africa.
Global Forum for Health Research, Strategic Research Series, Geneva