Cost analysis for “The Magic Glasses Philippines” health education package to prevent intestinal worm infections among Filipino schoolchildren, The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific

Elsevier, The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific, Volume 31, 2023, 100597
Mary Lorraine S. Mationg, Gail M. Williams, Veronica L. Tallo, Remigio M. Olveda, Eindra Aung, Portia Alday, Mark Donald Reñosa, Chona Mae Daga, Jhoys Landicho, Maria Paz Demonteverde, Eunice Diane Santos, Thea Andrea Bravo, Siobhan Bourke, Syarifah Liza Munira, Franziska Angly Bieri, Yuesheng S. Li, Archie C.A. Clements, Peter Steinmann, Kate Halton, Donald E. Stewart, Donald P. McManus, Darren J. Gray

Soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections are a significant public health problem affecting over 900 million people globally. Health education has been shown to complement mass drug administration (MDA) for the control of these intestinal worms. We reported recently results of a cluster randomised control trial (RCT) showing the positive impact of the “The Magic Glasses Philippines (MGP)” health education package in reducing STH infections among schoolchildren in intervention schools with ≤15% STH baseline prevalence in Laguna province, the Philippines. To inform decision making on the economic implications of the MGP, we evaluated the in-trial costs and then quantified the costs of scaling up the intervention both regionally and nationally