Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Methodology and assumptions used to estimate the cost of scaling up selected child health interventions

Technical working document

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 84
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English



This document outlines the main assumptions behind the global price tag for scaling up child health interventions, as published by WHO in the 'World Health Report 2005: making every mother and child count' and in the 'WHO Bulletin' (see links below).

The document provides an overview of assumptions used with regards to scale-up targets and investment needs, as well as sources of data for estimating the epidemiology and current child population in need of care. Cost results are presented for 75 countries by activity, region and year.

The model indicates that at only an additional US$ 1.48 per capita in 2015, coverage of life-saving interventions can be universally extended. The document discusses the policy implications of an increase in resources which - despite seemingly a modest amount - would correspond to an average increase in public health expenditure by 26% in the 75 countries. The group of countries with the weakest health systems would require an incremental investment corresponding to a doubling of current public health expenditures.