Publications by authors named "Hal T Nelson"

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Towards comprehensive malaria planning: the effect of government capacity, health policy, and land use variables on malaria incidence in India.

Soc Sci Med 2012 Oct 20;75(7):1213-21. Epub 2012 Jun 20.

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States.

We present what we believe is the first empirical research that accounts for subnational government capacity in estimating malaria incidence. After controlling for relevant extrinsic factors, we find evidence of a negative effect of state government capacity on reported malaria cases in Indian states over the period 1993-2002. Government capacity is more successful in predicting malaria incidence than potentially more direct indicators such as state public health expenditures and economic development levels. We find that high government capacity can moderate the deleterious health effects of malaria in rice producing regions. Our research also suggests that government capacity may have exacerbated the effectiveness of the World Bank Malaria Control Project in India over the period studied. We conclude by proposing the integration of government capacity measures into existing planning efforts, including vulnerability mapping tools and disease surveillance efforts.
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October 2012