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July 19, 2017

Costs of implementing integrated community case management (iCCM) in six African countries: implications for sustainability

Region: Africa Scientific publication Strengthening governance and accountability, Coordinating services within and across sectors, Creating an enabling environment Source: Journal of Global Health

Sub-Saharan Africa still reports the highest rates of under-five mortality. Low cost, high impact interventions exist, however poor access remains a challenge. Integrated community case management (iCCM) was introduce to improve access to essential services for children 2-59 months through diagnosis, treatment and referral services by community health workers for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. 

This paper presents the results of an economic analysis of iCCM implementation in regions supported by UNICEF in six countries and assesses country-level sclae-up implications. The paper focuses on costs to provider (healht system andd donors) to inform planning and budgeting, and does not cover cost-effectiveness.