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About the Costing Task Order

The USAID | Health Policy Initiative, Costing Task Order (TO) concluded on September 29, 2013. The important work of collaborating with policymakers and program managers to develop new tools, approaches, and analyses that help them to more accurately predict the cost and impact of their HIV programs and other public health responses will continue under the Health Policy Project.

In a time of limited development financing, competing priorities, and exciting scientific advances in global health, it is critical that partner governments and stakeholders have the information and technical assistance they need to make smart, evidence-based policy and programming decisions. By generating and disseminating realistic cost data we facilitated decision-making to improve efficiency and effectiveness in reaching PEPFAR’s HIV treatment, care and prevention goals.

To learn more about the Costing TO, view the project overview here.

The Cost of Saving Lives
Click to watch the close-captioned film As funding for global health changes, it is imperative that policymakers and program planners understand the cost of implementing HIV and AIDS programs. The data generated by costing and economic analyses inform critical resource allocation decisions, identify opportunities for increased efficiencies to do more with less, and support smart investments in HIV and AIDS programs. In the end, costing and economic analysis done right can improve health outcomes and save lives.

Watch the film, made with support from the United States Agency for International Development and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.


 The President's Plan for AIDS Relief (PEFPAR) added to the development mantra, “Know Your Epidemic, Know Your Response,”  by drawing attention to two additional components: “Know Your Context, Know Your Costs.” The Costing Task Order generated cost data and impact projections that support the strategic planning and advocacy efforts of USAID missions and partner governments. These kinds of data directly contribute to PEPFAR’s “Four Knows” and help policymakers identify the optimal mix of interventions that can be implemented with the resources available to them. Click here to read more about how the Costing TO supported country efforts to know their costs.

On September 10, 2013, the USAID | Health Policy Initiative marked the completion of the Costing Task Order project. See shared highlights of our work applying economic analysis to HIV/AIDS programs to inform smart investments through event tweets about #SmartInvmtsHIV.

To access publications and tools developed under the Task Order, see our Publications page.