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Table 1 Costs of Diagnostic Screening and Treatment Camps 2006-07 and 2007-08

From: Evaluation of alternate outreach models for cataract services in rural Nepal

Year 2006/07 2007/08
Per diem* 107,664 93,775
Transportation expenses 231685 125852
Salary for Ophthalmic Assistants and Nurses** 103,445 (for 171 days) 122,642 (for 75 days)
Publicity 9,547 17,458
Other expenses 8,820 7,738
Transportation including vehicle depreciation, repair and insurance*** 90142 41792
Total 551303 (US$7875) 409257 (US$5,846)
DSTs 151 75
Cost per DST 3651 (US$52.15) 5456 (US$77.95)
Total cataract patients transported for surgery 2069 1826
Average cataract surgical patients transported per DST 14 24
Cost per cataract patient transported 3.80 (US$) 3.20 (US$)
  1. * Per diem is a daily wage supplement paid in addition to regular salary while away from the hospital
  2. ** In 2007/08 the salary for hospital staff increased by 27% and the number of people per DST increased from 2 to 4. As a result, DST camps in 06/07 had 342 person-days, while DSTs in 07/08 had 300 person-days.
  3. *** In each year the total cost of maintenance, insurance and fuel was divided by the number of days the vehicle was with the DST i.e for 2006/07, 151 DST days = 151/365 (41%) of annual cost; for 2007/08, 75 DST days = 75/365 (20%) of total annual cost.
  4. *** Exchange rate US$ 1 = Nrs.70