Rethinking the economic costs of hospitalization for malaria: accounting for the comorbidities of malaria patients in western Kenya
Caroline Watts, Harrysone Atieli, Jason Alacapa, Ming-Chieh Lee, Guofa Zhou, Andrew Githeko, Guiyun Yan & Virginia Wiseman
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Malaria causes significant mortality and morbidity in sub-Saharan Africa, especially among children under five years of age and places a huge economic burden on individuals and health systems. While this burden has been assessed previously, few studies have explored how malaria comorbidities affect inpatient costs. This study in a malaria endemic area in Western Kenya, assessed the total treatment costs per malaria episode including comorbidities in children and adults.