Table 4

Cost-saving interventions included in LMIC health prioritisation plans (10 sampled countries in sub-Saharan Africa, total of 137 sets of savings)

Countryn (ratios) (%)X
Low-income economies*
 Liberia12 (8%)3 (25%)9 (75%)0 (0%)
 Malawi16 (11%)13 (81%)0 (0%)3 (19%)
 Sierra Leone12 (8%)11 (92%)0 (0%)1 (8%)
Lower middle-income economies
 Cameroon12 (9%)2 (17%)0 (0%)10 (83%)
 Lesotho12 (8%)4 (33%)8 (67%)0 (0%)
 Nigeria13 (9%)11 (85%)2 (15%)0 (0%)
 Zambia14 (10%)6 (43%)8 (57%)0 (0%)
 Zimbabwe14 (10%)6 (43%)8 (57%)0 (0%)
Upper middle-income economies
 South Africa22 (15%)21 (95%)1 (5%)0 (0%)
 Swaziland10 (7%)2 (20%)0 (0%)8 (80%)
 Total13779 (58%)36 (26%)22 (16%)
  • ✓Available policy documentation matches cost-saving intervention area.

  • – Cost-saving intervention area not explicitly specified.

  • X Cost-saving intervention area not mentioned in available policy documentation.

  • *Defined by the World Bank (https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519).

  • LMIC, low and middle-income country.