Doctoral project: Costs of dengue prevention
Costs of dengue, its prevention, and ineffective strategies
Dengue imposes an important economic burden on households, in addition to its costs for health services. This doctoral research examined household cost implications of dengue and the effects on these costs of the successful Camino Verde community mobilization program. An evaluation of coverage and beliefs about pesticide (temephos) application for control of the dengue mosquito vector showed low coverage with temephos but indicated that most households continued to believe that chemicals are the best control method. An analysis of data from the Camino Verde trial showed high expenditures on mosquito-control products and found that the proportion of households who purchased anti-mosquito products was significantly lower in the intervention clusters than in the control clusters. An analysis of the costs of dengue illness on households, including days of work lost and treatment costs, indicated a substantial economic impact of dengue on households, and confirmed that the Camino Verde intervention contributed to reducing these household costs.
Partner: Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Tropicales (CIET) de la Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero
Degree: PhD UAGro
Student: Jose Legoretta-Soberanis