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Table 2 Cost categories required for programme costing

From: Disease control programme support costs: an update of WHO-CHOICE methodology, price databases and quantity assumptions

A. Recurrent cost

 A.1 Personnel

Personnel time allocated to each intervention is assessed from time spent by those personnel in other interventions. Personnel time used in the start-up and post start-up periods is expressed in person-months

 A.2. Materials and supplies

Materials and supplies in terms of the quantities used for the programme. Examples are office supplies (e.g. stationary) that are used by the programme

 A.3. Media operating costs

Media inputs such as radio or television time, leaflets or posters are provided in terms of their unit of measurement (e.g. minutes for radio, or quarter page ads in newspapers)

 A.4. Transport operating costs

Transport is measured in terms of total kilometres travelled per mode of transport

 A.5. Equipment operating cost

In cases where equipment is rented, the amount of equipment and the duration of rental (in months) are reported

 A.6. Maintenance

Maintenance costs are listed as a percentage of annual costs

 A.7. Utilities

The amounts of utility items allocated to the programme are listed here. Examples of utility items are electricity, gas, and water. The allocation of the quantities used by the programme is based on the square meter surface area used by the programme, then applying any further allocation needed if the space is shared with other programmes

 A.8. Others

  A.8.1. Rented buildings

In case where buildings are rented, both the total square meter surface area of the buildings and the duration of rental (in months) are used

  A.8.2. Per diems and travel allowances

The types of personnel who are entitled for per diems and travel are listed. The types reflect the activity they are involved in, e.g. trainers, trainees, support staff in meetings, participants of meetings, supervisors visiting health facilities etc. Reported by the number of days per type of personnel

  A.8.3. Miscellaneous items

Any other category of recurrent resources used that is not provided in the list are reported here by identifying the item and the quantities used

B. Capital costs

 B.1. Building

Spaces used by the programme are reported in terms of the total square meter surface area allocated to that programme, i.e., if a space used by the programme is shared with other activities, the share of the space used for the programme under study is estimated and the value is entered here

 B.2. Transport

The number of modes of transport used by the programme is listed here. If they are only partly used, the estimated share of their use are entered

 B.3. Equipment and implements

The quantity of office equipment, storage and distribution, maintenance, cleaning and other capital equipment are reported here. If they are only partly used, appropriate allocation is made, using the same allocation factors used for building space

 B.4. Furniture

See point B.3 above

 B.5. Other capital costs

This section is used to report any other capital resources used by the programme