Cost of HIV treatment

As little is known about the costs of HIV treatment in Ethiopia, Asfaw Bikilla recently published a paper comparing the average cost of antiretroviral therapy in a typical district hospital in Ethiopia.

The paper provides much needed detailed cost estimates for ART provision in low resource African settings. There is a real lack of data in this area, and these data might be useful for other researchers and policy makers.

The average cost for each patient per year was US $ 235. An extra average cost of US $29 was estimated for admitted patients. The major cost driver under the ART scheme was the ART costs.

Article: Bikilla AD , Jerene D, Robberstad B and Lindtjorn B. Cost estimates of HIV care and treatment with and without anti-retroviral therapy at Arba Minch Hospital in southern Ethiopia. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 2009, 7:6doi:10.1186/1478-7547-7-6


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