The economics of reducing food-borne diseases in
developing countries: the case of diarrhea in Rwanda

Harald von Witzke, Dieter Kirschke, Hermann Lotze-Campen, Steffen Noleppa

Published: 21.10.2005  〉 Jahrgang 54 (2005), Heft 7 (von 8)  〉 Resort: Articles 
Submitted: N. A.   〉 Feedback to authors after first review: N. A.   〉 Accepted: N. A.

ABSTRACT

The paper provides a methodology which is suitable for the analysis of the social cost of disease and the benefits and cost of health intervention by integrating public health analysis and economics. The approach developed in the paper is applied to food-borne diarrhea in Rwanda. The results suggest that both prevention and treatment are socially very profitable. However, simple treatments such as Oral Rehydration Therapy have a higher social rate of return than prevention.
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PROF. DR. DR. H.C. HARALD VON WITZKE
Humboldt University of Berlin,
College of Agriculture and Horticulture
Luisenstr. 56, 10099 Berlin
phone: 030-20 93 62 33, fax: 030-20 93 63 01
e-mail: hvwitzke@agrar.hu-berlin.de
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