Costing tools


Futures Institute

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This model is intended to support strategic planning at the national level by linking program goals (in the HIV area) and funding. This tool is intended to answer questions related to funding requirements to achieve goals, what goals can be achieved with available resources, the effect of alternate pattern of resource allocation on the achievement of program goals, and training requirements for delivery of projected services.

The model was designed to help planners to understand how funding levels and patterns can lead to reductions in incidence and prevalence of HIV and improved coverage of treatment, care and support programs. The tool does not calculate an optimum package.


John Stover

Summary of main features

Purpose To estimate the financial resources required to achieve program targets for HIV prevention, treatment, care and mitigation
Health MDGs addressed 6 (HIV/AIDS)
Scope of interventions All prevention, treatment and mitigation interventions
Type of software Excel spreadsheet
User manual available? Yes
Potential users Planners developing national HIV/AIDS strategic plans
Skills required (e.g. epidemiology, economics, statistics) Knowledge of program statistics, goals and unit costs and epidemiology
Type and length of training required Several days
Costing strategy and methods Target population x coverage x unit cost
Level of aggregation National or provincial/state by intervention
Program/system costs included? Yes
Time-frame Short-term and medium-term
Modeling of intervention impact or interactions on epidemiology or demography? Yes
Output Prevalence, incidence, infections averted, coverage of ART, OI treatment, palliative care, OI prophylaxis, OVC
Automatic generation of reports? Tables yes, reports no.
Country applications Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Honduras, Thailand, Viet Nam, Indonesia, China