What are some cost-effective co-interventions (and alternatives) to bednet disbursal?

post by brb243 · 2022-01-07T22:53:30.441Z · EA · GW · No comments

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  Beneficiary health and wellbeing improvement
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Summary:

I am thinking of information on other preventive healthcare measures, demonstrating the importance of using a net at disbursal, and extrapolating the care of sharing a net to consideration of others in general also by officers who distribute nets. For alternatives maybe vaccine development, existing prophylaxis drugs procurement cost reduction agreements or investments, and profit-motivated and extraeconomic self-development opportunities. Can any of this be competitive in cost-effectiveness with the current AMF programming? What else can be cost-effective?

 

In regards to co-interventions, I am thinking:

Beneficiary health and wellbeing improvement

I think that if there is someone who develops shareable training material for the disbursal officers then it should be ok with AMF to allow such training and maybe measure effects by an RCT since they already collect data from all households individually. Similarly with any info sheets but these need to be printed and placed which is a task that requires more coordination effort. It is a potentially high impact opportunity especially for community members in emerging economies.

I think that even funders can enjoy this as always the most cost-effective intervention is sought, ideally one which supports institutional change. Which can inspire funding leverage at funder’s partners and competitors that are also selecting from competing impact opportunities.

 

Alternatives:

Also, what are the alternatives and should they be prioritized at the cost of not disbursing bednets (maybe funding vaccine R&D, negotiating bulk purchase (or free of charge, just like for deworming drugs) agreements with suppliers of malarone and other chemoprophylaxis drugs, stepping back and seeing if people should be rather given actual prospects in terms of employment opportunities and extraeconomic self-development)?

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