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Economic Evaluation of Viral Load Testing and Early Infant Diagnosis in Rural Zimbabwe

This report assesses the cost of point-of-care (POC) GeneXpert technology for early infant diagnosis (EID) and viral load (VL) compared with conventional platforms in Zimbabwe. Three cost-analyses were conducted based on a retrospective study and simulations: (1) a simple cost analysis of the initial investment (capital cost); (2) a cost-efficiency analysis (cost/ output); and (3) a cost-effectiveness analysis (cost/ outcomes). This report outlines the results—cost of initial investment, running cost per test, simulated costs per test, and cost-effectiveness.