Wednesday, 11/06/2013 · CRESIB Seminar
A description of the market of antimalarials in the Manhiça district, Southern Mozambique
- Aula 3, Facultat de Medicina UB
Improving access to safe and efficacious antimalarial drugs is a key step towards malaria elimination. Any intervention should be designed and implemented only after a deep knowledge of the existing market of antimalarials.
This study provides a description of the market of antimalarials in the Manhiça district, Southern Mozambique. Both supply and demand of antimalarials were analysed. A census of public and private (formal and informal) outlets selling antimalarials was carried out and information on drugs availability, type and provenience of drugs and prices among other data, was collected.
Furthermore, a willingness to pay (WTP) study was undertaken among families whose children were recently diagnosed with malaria at one of the public health facilities of the district. Households were asked about the maximum price they would pay for the antimalarial they should have received for free. Determinants of WTP were assessed. WTP levels and prices of antimalarials in the private sector were compared to determine the amount of a theoretical subsidy needed to allow households to access antimalarias in the private market.