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Table 4 Estimated opportunity cost of CMDs’ time

From: The amount and value of work time of community medicine distributors in community case management of malaria among children under five years in the Ejisu-Juaben District of Ghana

Time/Cost Mean total time (minutes) Weekly Value of work time by valuation method
Time cost    National minimum wage* Village labourer wage** Reported monthly Income*** how much extra (premium) ****
Minutes/child 1.8x24 43 0.7 1.22 0.88 3.15
Minutes/BCC session 2.5x12.1 30 0.5 0.86 0.63 2.25
Minutes on follow up/child 2.6x1.7 102 1.7 2.98 1.53 7.65
a Monthly opportunity cost of time 20 working hours - 4.8 (5.3) 9.6(10.67) 14.64 (16.27) 21.60 (23.74)
  1. aEstimated based on 4.8 working hours/day and 5 working days per week*; As per the 2007 Ghana national minimum wage of (1.6/8 hours = 0.20]; ** As per an estimated village labourer wage of (3.5/8 hours = 0.4). *** As per reported income, 1.96/8 = 0.25 **** As per how much extra (premium) they would pay due to child’s sickness7.5/8 = 0.91; US Dollars in parenthesis. (1 US$ = GH¢ 0.90).