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Home | Events Archive | The Health Impact of Free Antiretroviral Medication in South Africa

The Health Impact of Free Antiretroviral Medication in South Africa

  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Cobus Burger (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
  • Field
    Empirical Microeconomics
  • Location
    Erasmus University Rotterdam, Polak Building, Room 2-16
  • Date and time

    February 21, 2019
    12:00 - 13:00

This paper examines the population health impact of the roll out of free ARVs in South Africa between 2006 and 2016. We link all fives waves of the nationally representative NIDS panel data to the facility-level District Health Information System on ARV provision to estimate the mortality reduction from ARVs. We find that amongst the high prevalence subgroup of Black Africans between 25 and 49, access to ARVs led to a large and significant reduction in non-injury mortality and significant improvement in the self-assessed health.
With Ronelle Burger and Eddy van Doorslaer