Cost-effectiveness analyses of prevention and management strategies aimed at reducing the mortality of pesticide self-poisoning

Country of study:

Sri Lanka

Project description:

Suicide by deliberate ingestion of pesticides is a major public health issue in Sri Lanka, as well as the rest of the region, as it is an important cause of mortality.

There is an urgent need for interventions aimed at reducing the mortality of pesticide self-poisoning. The implementation of such strategies should be based on several factors, including health economics considerations along with cultural, social and political aspects.

This PhD study investigates the cost-effectiveness of four strategies aimed at reducing mortality of pesticide self-poisonings: safe storage of pesticides, bans of the most toxic pesticides available, improvement of medical case management and follow-up contact with people who have previously attempted to commit suicide.

The results of the study can be used by policy makers to make well-informed health policy decisions concerning the implementation of prevention strategies that can reduce the economic cost of suicide to the health sector and to society as well as reduce the mortality of pesticide self-poisonings.

Principal investigator:

Lizell Bustamante Madsen

Partner institutions:

The South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration (SACTRC), Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
University of Bristol, United Kingdom
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
University of New South Wales, Australia
University of Kelaynia, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Project period:

2012 - 2018