Methodological approaches to assessing economic effects of activities aimed at minimizing health risks related to extremely dangerous infections

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V.Yu. Smolensky1, P.Z. Shur2, D.V. Suvorov2, O.I. Goleva2,3, V.A. Safronov4, E.V. Khrushcheva2, I.V. Vindokurov2,5


1Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, 18, bild. 5 Vadkovskiy pereulok, Moscow, 127994, Russian Federation
2Federal Scientific Center for Medical and Preventive Health Risk Management Technologies, 82 Monastyrskaya Str., Perm, 614045, Russian Federation
3Perm State University, 15 Bukireva Str., Perm, 614990, Russian Federation
4«Microbe» Russian Scientific Research Anti-Plague Institute, 46 Universitetskaya Str., Saratov, 410005, Russian Federation
5Perm National Research Polytechnic University, 29 Komsomolskiy avenue, Perm, 614990, Russian Federation


As we assess health risks caused by extremely dangerous infections, we can apply mathematical modeling to estimate a disease or a death case probability. This mathematical modeling describes epidemiological processes and allows to imitate their development without performing any anti-epidemic activities. Parameters which quantitatively assess morbidity and mortality cases obtained via this modeling together with actual data on losses which were not prevented even if anti-epidemic activities were in place, can be used as grounds for economic effects assessment. An economic effect of anti-epidemic activities was calculated in terms of indirect prevented losses which became possible due to decrease in mortality and morbidity; the effect was calculated in money units which were applied in the GDP calculation.

The calculation is performed in full conformity with 'The Methodology for calculating economic losses caused by population mortality, morbidity, and disability" (Moscow, 2012) and envisages assessment of losses in the current year and over a period of survival (for death cases).

The methodology was tested on the example of Ebola fever outbreak in Guinea in 2014-2016. The testing results revealed that if not for anti-epidemic activities which included substantial assistance rendered by other countries (the RF among them), a number of morbidity cases caused by Ebola virus would have reached 521,289, and a number of death cases, 56,345.

The RF Rospotrebnadzor made a significant contribution into Ebola fever outbreak elimination in Guinea; it sent a special anti-epidemic team there in August 2014. The team participated in diagnostic procedures, staff training, and anti-epidemic activities organization. Risk prevented due to assistance rendered by other countries, including the RF, amounted to 517,485 morbidity cases, and 53,809 death cases. Economic effects for Guinea achieved due to anti-epidemic activities aimed at risk minimization with the help of other countries is estimated to be equal to 229.51 million USD; it amounts to approximately 3.5% of Guinea GDP.

risk assessment, economic effect, modeling, risk minimization, extremely dangerous infections, anti-epidemic activities, Ebola virus
Smolensky V.Yu., Shur P.Z., Suvorov D.V., Goleva O.I., Safronov V.A., Khrushcheva E.V., Vindokurov I.V. Methodological approaches to assessing economic effects of activities aimed at minimizing health risks related to extremely dangerous infections. Health Risk Analysis, 2017, no. 4, pp. 32–41. DOI: 10.21668/health.risk/2017.4.03.eng
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