Volume 84, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Insecticide-treated curtains (ITCs) are promoted for controlling the Dengue vector . We assessed the cost of the routine control program (RACP) and the cost of ITC implementation through the RACP and health committees in Venezuela and through health volunteers in Thailand. The yearly cost of the RACP per household amounted to US$2.14 and $1.89, respectively. The ITC implementation cost over three times more, depending on the channel used. In Venezuela the RACP was the most efficient implementation-channel. It spent US$1.90 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.83; 1.97) per curtain distributed, of which 76.9% for the curtain itself. Implementation by health committees cost significantly ( = 0.02) more: US$2.32 (95% CI: 1.93; 2.61) of which 63% for the curtain. For ITC implementation to be at least as cost-effective as the RACP, at equal effectiveness and actual ITC prices, the attained curtain coverage and the adulticiding effect should last for 3 years.


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  • Received : 23 Sep 2010
  • Accepted : 17 Jan 2011
  • Published online : 05 May 2011

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