The Best Deal in Health Care

Stamping out malaria in the Asia Pacific could not only save 400,000 lives, but $90 billion in health care costs, according to the first major roundup of the economic benefits of being a malaria-free region.

Researchers out of UCSF hope the numbers will help keep the region on track to banish malaria by 2030—but lagging funding remains a hindrance, despite growing concerns over drug-resistant strains that could backpedal progress. With a 6-to-1 return on investment, more private funding could keep the malaria fight going.

Up-front costs will be heavy, but once malaria is gone, “the cost of maintaining a malaria-free status will be small,” says researcher Rima Shretta.

University of California San Francisco

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