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A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Of Acute Malnutrition Treatment Using Ready To Use Theraupetic Foods


  • Glenn P. Jenkins

    () (Department of Economics, Queen's University, Canada, Eastern Mediterranean University, Mersin 10, Turkey)


The prevalence of malnutrition and anemia is high in Uganda. Thirty three percent of children under 5 years of age, are stunted and 5 percent wasted. This study conducts a cost-effectiveness analysis of the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) program in the southwest region of Uganda. The analysis revealed that the cost per Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) saved is quite low at US$36. This estimate is below the range of cost per DALY of US$78 (2012 prices) that the World Bank (1993) recommended as an appropriate upper limit on the cost for health interventions in poor countries. The study concludes that program is cost-effective to be implemented in broad-scale, i.e. different children age groups. However, the results of the study can be applied directly to children under age five only.

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  • Glenn P. Jenkins, 2013. "A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Of Acute Malnutrition Treatment Using Ready To Use Theraupetic Foods," Development Discussion Papers 2012-06, JDI Executive Programs.
  • Handle: RePEc:qed:dpaper:244

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    1. Chun-Yan Kuo & Steven Clark, 1991. "An Evaluation of the Exploration Tax Credit," Development Discussion Papers 1991-14, JDI Executive Programs.
    2. Gunton, Thomas, 2004. "Energy rent and public policy: an analysis of the Canadian coal industry," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 151-163, January.
    3. Glenn Jenkins & JOHN EVANS, 1980. "The Cost Of U.S. Direct Foreign Investment," Development Discussion Papers 1980-01, JDI Executive Programs.

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    cost-effectiveness analysis; Uganda; acute malnutrition treatment; Disability-Adjusted Life Year; Ready to Use Therapeutic Food; HIV;

    JEL classification:

    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid


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