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Table 2 The cost of single dose treatments for some neglected tropical diseases and of several treatments for malnutrition.

From: The role of nutrition in integrated programs to control neglected tropical diseases

Disease or condition Treatment Unit Annual treatment Cost in USD of treatmentsa
Intestinal nematode worms Albendazole 400 mg tab 1-2 tabs 0.02 - 0.04b
  Mebendazole 500 mg tab 1-2 tabs 0.03 - 0.06b
Schistosomiasis Praziquantel 600 mg tab 1-3 tabs 0.10 - 0.30
Onchocerciasis Ivermectin 3 mg tab 1-3 tabs 1.50 - 4.50c
Trachoma Azithromycin 500 mg tab 0.5-2.0 tabs 0.11 - 0.44
Vitamin A deficiency Retinol 200,000 IU capsule 2 capsules,
1 every 6 months
0.04
Micronutrient deficiencies Multiple micronutrientsd Tablets 24-36 tabs over 3 months 0.39 - 0.59
Thinness and micronutrient deficiencies in schoolchildren Micronutrient fortified biscuits
for school feeding
Approx 75 g (300 kcal) per day 200 days per year 2.66 - 15.92e
Wasting and growth faltering in children aged 1-5 years Ready-to-use therapeutic food 92 g (500 kcal)
per sachet
30-60 sachets per child 10.80 - 21.60
  1. aPurchase costs of treatments except ivermectin from UNICEF Supply Branch, June 2011.
  2. bNow available free from GSK by application through the WHO.
  3. cNominal list price from Merck, but free under Mectizan donation program [51].
  4. dFormulation for pregnant women, so typically given two to three times a week to school-age children.
  5. ePurchase costs derived from Gelli et al. [52] using WFP data; range is for different countries.