No poverty Health wellbeing Industry innovation infrastructure Reduced inequalities Partnerships

Delivering Prevention

Despite the important progress made in Malawi to reach the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the high prevalence of communicable diseases remains a major threat to children’s development. This research project investigates which delivery platforms are most cost-effective in delivering sustainable take-up and usage of health services.

During the last years, Malawi has been making significant progress in reducing child mortality according to the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Nevertheless, the death rate of newly born babies remains very high, especially due to the high prevalence of malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and other communicable diseases among the young population. The consequences of these diseases extend also to children that – although surviving infancy – often face nutritional deficiencies and are prevented from acquiring formal education, resulting in a limited cognitive development. Reducing the prevalence of these communicable diseases is a priority for the country and, in order to succeed, it is necessary to design policies capable of increasing the take-up of health services. Platforms through which health care services are delivered play a fundamental role in determining the effectiveness of interventions that aim to increase take-up and usage of drugs and preventive health measures. The purpose of this project is to determine what are the most cost-effective platforms to deliver sustainable take-up ad usage of the essential health package in Malawi.

Program area
No Poverty, Health Wellbeing, Industry Innovation Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Partnerships
Preventive Health Care, Delivery Platforms
UNICEF Malawi, Center for Social Research Malawi, University of Malawi
Study type
Randomized Evaluation
Research Team
Prof. Dr. Guilherme Lichand
Assistant Professor of Child Well-Being and Development
Prof. Dr. Ernst Fehr
Professor of Economics
Onicio Leal
Maite Deambrosi
PhD Student

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