VoICE Immunization Evidence: Health Systems Strengthening

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This paper presents the first cost-benefit comparison of improved water supply investments and cholera vaccination programs. The study results showed that improved water supply interventions combined with targeted cholera vaccination programs are much more likely to yield attractive cost-benefit ratio outcomes than a community-based vaccination program alone.

Jeuland, M. and Whittington, D. 2009. Cost-benefit comparisons of investments in improved water supply and cholera vaccination programs. Vaccine. 27(23):3109-20.

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A systematic review of studies examining the broader economic impact of vaccination in low-middle income countries (LMICs) found that vaccination programs may improve the financial sustainability and affordability of healthcare programs in LMICs. The use of vaccines as part of a treatment cluster, or in combination with other infrastructure projects (such as water management systems) to maximize community health outcomes, offers opportunities for cost sharing between programs.

Deoganakar, R., Hutubessy, R., van der Putten, I., et al 2012. Systematic review of studies evaluating the broader economic impact of vaccination in low and middle income countries. BMC Public Health. 12:878.

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