Costs for Households and Community Perception of Meningitis Epidemics in Burkina Faso

This article, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, discusses an anthropologic and economic study in Burkina Faso to understand perceptions and behavior relative to meningitis and to determine the cost of illness from bacterial meningitis for households. The authors note that a combination of traditional and modern beliefs about disease influenced therapeutic care-seeking behavior among respondents. Study findings also indicate that households spent US$90 per meningitis case, or 34 percent of the annual gross domestic product per capita, and up to US$154 more when meningitis sequelae occurred, with much of the costs attributable to direct medical expenses.

Author(s): Colombini A, Bationo F, Zongo S, et al.

Published: 2009

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    Citation: Colombini A, Bationo F, Zongo S, et al. Costs for Households and Community Perception of Meningitis Epidemics in Burkina Faso. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2009;49(10):1520-1525.