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The Economic Impact of Childhood Acute Gastroenteritis on Malawian Families and the Healthcare System

This article, published in BMJ Open, reports on a study that found significant financial burden from childhood diarrheal disease to the healthcare system and to households in Malawi. The latter face the risk of consequent impoverishment, as the study demonstrates how the costs of seeking treatment bring the income of the majority of families in all income strata below the national poverty line in the month of illness. Data were collected in two Malawian settings: a rural health centre in Chilumba and an urban tertiary care hospital in Blantyre.

Author: Hendrix N, Bar-Zeev N, Atherly D, et al.

Published: 2017

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(Located at bmjopen.bmj.com)

Citation: Hendrix N, Bar-Zeev N, Atherly D, et al. The Economic Impact of Childhood Acute Gastroenteritis on Malawian Families and the Healthcare System. BMJ Open. 2017;7(9):e017347. 

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Shigellosis and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), Rotavirus

Topics: Immunization financing, Disease burden and surveillance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Africa