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Table 10 Comparison of costs in health zones where mothers or community health workers performed malnutrition screening, Mirriah District, Niger between May 2013 and April 2014a

From: Mothers screening for malnutrition by mid-upper arm circumference is non-inferior to community health workers: results from a large-scale pragmatic trial in rural Niger

  Mothers Zone Community Health Workers Zone
Trainings $4,883 $826
For mothers: cash incentives and travel for 16 trainers and evaluation of the first training   
For community health workers: 1 initial training with materials, and per diem for participants   
Supervision costs and fees $1,958 $1,958
For both groups: occasional supervision from Community Manager + per diem for the District Supervisor   
For mothers: 12,900 mid-upper arm circumference tapes distributed estimated at $0.14/tape (0.10 centimes/tape)
For community health workers: Notebooks, pens, 2 mid-upper arm circumference tapes per, community health worker
$1,759 $611
Cash incentives $0 $18,585
For community health workers only: 36 community health workers for 12 months at a total of $1,584 USD/month (1,136 €/month)   
Total Costs $8,600 $21,980
Cost per child < 5 years $1.04 $3.00
  1. aIn $USD converted from €Euros at May 2014 international exchange rate of €1 Euro = 1.36333 $USD