Health care economics

  • Article
    | Open Access

    Cost, supply and logistics present challenges to COVID-19 vaccine rollout in low and middle income countries. Here, the authors model vaccination programmes in South Africa and demonstrate the importance of the pace of vaccine rollout, with even moderately efficacious vaccines likely to be cost-effective.

    • Krishna P. Reddy
    • , Kieran P. Fitzmaurice
    •  & Mark J. Siedner
  • Article
    | Open Access

    Dexamethasone has been shown to have survival benefits for critically ill patients hospitalised with COVID-19 in the UK. Here, the authors estimated the number of lives that could be saved through a UK and global roll out of the drug and demonstrate that it is a cost-effective option.

    • Ricardo Águas
    • , Adam Mahdi
    •  & Mesulame Namedre
  • Article
    | Open Access

    Foreign aid is necessary to control tropical diseases in endemic countries. Here the authors outline the steps taken to control malaria in Africa since 2000 and present an economic model to propose that US$25−30 per capita will be needed to avoid a disease trap.

    • Eric Maskin
    • , Célestin Monga
    •  & Jean-Claude Berthélemy
  • Article
    | Open Access

    Several drug combinations with different properties are used for malaria treatment. Here, Okell et al. use a mathematical model to simulate malaria transmission and treatment with two drug combinations in Africa, and find that locally optimized policies can be highly cost effective for reducing malaria burden.

    • Lucy C. Okell
    • , Matthew Cairns
    •  & Azra C. Ghani