Setting Priorities, Targeting Subsidies among Water, Sanitation, and Preventive Health Interventions in Developing Countries

Journal Article

The paper challenges the conventional wisdom that water and sanitation improvements and other preventive health interventions are always a wise economic investment. Costs and benefits are presented for six water, sanitation, and health programs-handwashing, sanitation, point-of-use filtration and chlorination, insecticide-treated bed nets, and cholera vaccination. Model parameters are specified for a range of conditions that are plausible for locations in developing countries. We find that the parameter values needed for such cost-benefit calculations are not available for setting global priorities. We reflect on the implications of our findings for more " evidence-based" planning of public health and development interventions. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Whittington, D; Jeuland, M; Barker, K; Yuen, Y

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1546 - 1568

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0305-750X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.03.004