The cost of treating paediatric malaria admissions and the potential impact of insecticide-treated mosquito nets on hospital expenditure
OBJECTIVE: To calculate the costs at Kilifi District Hospital (KDH) and Malindi Sub-district Hospital (MSH) of treating paediatric malaria admissions including three common presentations of severe paediatric malaria, i.e. cerebral malaria, severe malaria anaemia and malaria-associated seizures; and to estimate the implications for hospital expenditure of a reduction in paediatric malaria admissions.
METHODS: Patient data were obtained from hospital records. All costs were allocated to departments that provided direct patient care by a four-stage step-down procedure. Laboratory and drug costs of treating paediatric malaria admissions were separately identified.
Tropical Medicine & International Health (1998) 32 145-150 [DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-3156.1998.00204.x]