Cost effectiveness and strategic planning (WHO-CHOICE)

Table 4: Capital Item - Useful Lives Reported by Country Experts

Costing experts evaluated the useful lives for the following capital items. The countries where they worked are listed across the top of the table. These figures should be adapted to meet country specific needs.


Item Number of Observations Benin China (Shanghai) China (Yunan) Colombia Ecuador Egypt Kenya Lebanon Mexico Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Poland Russia Thailand
4WDs 9 3 15 5 15 10 8 7 10 8
Air conditioner 6 10 6 10 5 20 5
Car 6 15 5 10 7 3 4
Chairs 14 5 5 10 15 5 8 6 10 5 5 5 2 5 5
Cold boxes 12 10 5 10 4 10 4 5 2 4 5 4 5
Cold rooms and freezer rooms 7 10 15 20 30 5 5 10
Computer 15 3 6 6 5 6 10 10 3 5 5 3 5 3 5 5
Cupboard 14 10 5 10 20 5 10 6 10 5 5 5 5 10 5
Desks 14 10 5 10 15 5 15 6 10 5 5 5 5 10 5
Fax 8 5 6 7 7 10 5 5 5
Freezer Truck 2 5 7
Freezer Van 4 15 5 5 7
Freezers 11 10 10 10 10 5 5 5 5 5 7 5
Motorbikes 7 2 15 8 10 5 5 5
Packaging equipment 11 5 10 10 10 4 7 5 5 5 5 4
Photocopier 10 2 10 6 10 15 5 5 5 10 5
Printer 15 3 10 6 5 8 7 10 3 3 5 3 5 3 5 5
Refrigerators 14 5 14 10 10 12 15 10 5 5 5 5 10 5 7
Standby Generator 9 1 25 8 10 5 5 5 5 5
Telephone 11 15 6 10 10 7 20 2 2 5 5 5
Television 7 2 9 15 15 3 5 10
Temperature monitors 11 10 10 10 3 10 5 5 2 4 4 4
Trucks 6 3 15 20 15 8 5
Typewriter 4 6 15 5 5
Vacuum cleaner 7 10 5 5 2 5 5 2
Video 6 2 10 10 15 3 10
Voltage stabilisers 11 2 10 10 5 7 10 5 5 2 4 4
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