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Table 1 Cost components and unit costs considered for malaria diagnosis, Amazon Region, Brazil in 2006.

From: Cost effectiveness of OptiMal® rapid diagnostic test for malaria in remote areas of the Amazon Region, Brazil

Items Unit cost considered in the base-case analysis and variation (US$) Information sources
Exams and supplies   
Thick smear - one exam (1) 0.92 (0.19-1.40) Base-case: Macauley, 2005
   Variation: Malaria Lab of Evandro Chagas Institute; Macauley,2005
OptiMal® - one test 4.28 (3.59 Base-case: Union Official Gazette, 2006
  - 4.93) Variation: DiaMed Laboratory; State of Pará
Gloves to use with RDT 0.02 (0.05) Base-case and variation: Stock Prices of Ministry of Health
Salaries   
Microscope technician - monthly salary 290.93 Base-case: Health care center/Municipality Novo Repartimento
Health worker - monthly salary 214.38 Base-case: Health care center/Municipality Novo Repartimento
Equipment   
Microscope - one unit - annual value 485.65 (327.94) Base-case and variation: Ministry of Health
Microscope maintenance - one annual maintenance 36.87 Base-case: Malaria Lab of Evandro Chagas Institute
Transportation   
For the rapid test - average monthly cost 1,450.23 (855.30 - 16,428.14) Base-case Health care center/Municipality Novo Repartimento
For microscopy - average monthly cost 2,900.46 (1,710.60 - 32,856.28) Base-case and variation: Health care center/Municipality Novo Repartimento
Training   
Microscopy - one annual course per municipality 11,137.79 (5,934.34) Base-case and variation: Ministry of Health
Rapid test - one annual course per municipality 116.02 (61.82) Base-case and variation: Ministry of Health
  1. Notes:
  2. Corresponds to the individual cost of an examination, which includes a glass slide, Giemsa and other stains (all components of stains), oil immersion, lancet, cotton, alcohol, and gloves.