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The economics of malaria in Africa

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  • Berthelemy, Jean-Claude
  • Thuilliez, Josselin

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Malaria still claims a heavy human and economic toll, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa. Even though the causality between malaria and poverty is presumably bi-directional, malaria plays a role in the economic difficulties of the region. This article provides an analysis of the economic consequences of malaria (with an emphasis on human capital accumulation and productivity), and a discussion of policies aimed at reducing its incidence. A major initiative has been the distribution of insecticidal bed-nets at a highly subsidized price. An economicepidemiology model is used to explain why such policy is doomed to fail in presence of a very high poverty incidence, as observed in the African region.

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  • Berthelemy, Jean-Claude & Thuilliez, Josselin, 2014. "The economics of malaria in Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series 047, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    1. Orkoh, Emmanuel & Annim, Samuel Kobina, 2014. "Source and Use of Insecticide Treated Net and Malaria Prevalence," MPRA Paper 60558, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Dec 2014.
    2. Jean-Claude Berthélemy & Victor Doubliez & Josselin Thuilliez, 2015. "Prevention or treatment? The introduction of a new antimalarial drug in Angola," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-01244406, HAL.

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