The Economic Burden of Malaria in Nigeria and Willingness to Pay

  • A. Jimoh
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This chapter reviews available evidence on the size of the economic burden of  malaria in Nigeria and the citizens’  willingness to pay (WTP) for malaria control and treatment programs. It found that the direct and indirect economic burden may be in excess of 13% of the GDP. Furthermore, the review suggests that the average amount that people are willing to pay for malaria control and treatment programs are below their ruling market prices and that economic status (wealth and income) is one of the major factors determining Nigerians’ WTP for the treatment or total elimination of malaria. Consequently, it recommends the promotion of universal access for the treatment of malaria in Nigeria by abolishing or reducing payment for malaria treatment at the point of need through insurance-based financing arrangement. It observes that the National Health Insurance Scheme that is currently being put in place is a step in the right direction but that progress has been very slow.


Economic Burden Malaria Treatment National Health Insurance Scheme Focus Group Discussion Malaria Episode 
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List of Abbreviations:


American Association for the Advancement Of Science




Central Bank Of Nigeria


 cost of illness


 contingent valuation




focus group discussion


Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria


 gross domestic product




acquired immune deficiency syndrome


 insecticide-treated net




Naira, Nigeria local currency


non-governmental organizations


 production function approach


primary health care centers


United Nations children’s fund


Word Health Organization


willingness to pay


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