Health Accounts

Guide to producing malaria subaccounts

Within the national health accounts framework


Publication details

Publication date: 2011
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789241502849



National Health Accounts are widely recognised as a valuable tool in the stewardship of a country’s health system. Such accounts provide a systematic compilation and display of health expenditure, tracing how much was spent, where, on what and by whom. As such, they can play an essential role in efforts to assess the performance of the system and identify opportunities for improvement. However, policy makers often need more detailed information, for instance on spending levels and patterns for particular components of health care. As governments seek to meet their commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), such information will be invaluable in allowing a more effective us e of resources and highlighting gaps in spending.

The present document offers detailed guidelines on the construction of health accounts for malaria, a disease that is specifically targeted in MDG6. Building on previous guides on the production of national health accounts, it shows how the various techniques and approaches can be used to focus on the specific categories of spending that go towards preventing and treating malaria, including expenditure by public and private bodies, as well as households. Particular attention is given to exactly what needs to be measured, and how spending should be assigned to the different activities so as to obtain the most relevant information for policy- making. The usefulness of the subaccount for addressing donor concerns and interests is also stressed, e.g. in tracking the disbursement of funds from external financing mechanisms. With extensive practical examples, as well as helpful suggestions based on experience in preparing such subaccounts in two countries, this guide is likely to become an essential tool for all those concerned with managing the financing of malaria control programmes.