The study aimed at understanding the cost of delivering PPSA (private provider support agency) services for TB care, defined as per NTWG scope of work and further developed a costing tool for its usage. A framework was built to perform activity-based costing for the current PPSA project targeted at the eradication of TB. Semi-structured interviews of the involved stakeholders, including NGO staff and programme managers, were conducted to understand the roles and activities in the service delivery model. The discussions allowed an assessment of the workload associated with the scope (frequency, duration, quality) of the activities, and led to an understanding of the activities undertaken. This was utilised for the costing exercise.
Impact: The project developed a costing tool to help government bodies and NGOs to determine the cost of running a PPSA agency in a district. Nuances of the study can be taken up by the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) to invite implementation agencies in various districts of India.
Theme: Costing of health services
Funder: PATH Foundation
Principal Investigator: Professor Sarang Deo
Analysts: Hemanshu Das, Harsh Parekh