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Paying to Waste Lives: The Affordability of Reducing Mother-to-Child Transmission

Year: 2001
Working paper number: 004
Author: Skordis, Jolene
Unit: ASRU
Abstract:

It is estimated that each HIV-positive child in South Africa costs the government more in terms of health and welfare expenses than it does to reduce mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV through the use of anti-retroviral regimens (where the mother continues to breast-feed). Programmes to reduce MTCT of HIV/AIDS are thus clearly affordable. Using Nevirapine (according to the HIVNET 012 Protocol) saves fewer lives, but is more cost-effective than using Zidovudine (CDC two-week regime).


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