Economic evaluation of a combined microfinance and gender training intervention for the prevention of intimate partner violence in rural South Africa

Health Policy Plan. 2011 Sep;26(5):366-72. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czq071. Epub 2010 Oct 25.


Objective: Assess the cost-effectiveness of an intervention combining microfinance with gender and HIV training for the prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV) in South Africa.

Methods: We performed a cost-effectiveness analysis alongside a cluster-randomized trial. We assessed the cost-effectiveness of the intervention in both the trial and initial scale-up phase.

Results: We estimated the cost per DALY gained as US$7688 for the trial phase and US$2307 for the initial scale-up. The findings were sensitive to the statistical uncertainty in effect estimates but otherwise robust to other key assumptions employed in the analysis.

Conclusions: The findings suggest that this combined economic and health intervention was cost-effective in its trial phase and highly cost-effective in scale-up. These estimates are probably conservative, as they do not include the health and development benefits of the intervention beyond IPV reduction.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Domestic Violence / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation / economics*
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Rural Population
  • Sexual Partners*
  • South Africa