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Costing tools

This list of resources has been compiled together by our teams and will be updated periodically. Going forward, we want to rely on you, as part of this community, to add to this list. If you have any suggestions, please use the contact fill form with your references and we will add to the page.


Rapid Social Protection Calculator for COVID-19 by International Labour Organisation (ILO)

The purpose of this tool is to support countries that wish to make rapid adjustments to social protection systems in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Responses to the crisis require an adequate assessment of their impact on the costs of social protection programmes. In normal times, such assessments can be made well in advance and based on comprehensive information and sophisticated actuarial models. But the COVID-19 crisis is forcing many countries to make rapid assessments. We hope that this tool will meet the proposed objective.

The WHO COVID-19 Essential Supplies Forecasting Tool (ESFT) by WHO

The ESFT is designed to help governments, partners, and other stakeholders to estimate potential requirements for essential supplies to respond to the current pandemic of COVID-19. Although it gives users an estimation of the number of cases, this calculator is not an epidemiological calculator. The focus of this tool is to forecast essential supplies: it includes estimation of personal protective equipment, diagnostic equipment, biomedical equipment for case management, essential drugs for supportive care, and consumable medical supplies.

COVID-19 vaccine introduction and deployment costing tool (‎‎‎‎CVIC tool) by WHO

The tool aligns with the COVID-19 vaccine introduction readiness assessment tool and the Guidance on developing a national deployment and vaccination plan, and WHO SAGE values framework for the allocation and prioritization of COVID-19 vaccination.

The tool is to be available for any country to use, though we expect it may mostly be of interest to the 92 AMC countries. The tool is designed to support a rapid, yet comprehensive, estimation of the incremental costs. For that purpose, the tool is pre-populated as much as possible – using available data from global databases. The tool is by default set up to support a rapid cost estimate in a modular manner. The tool’s output includes estimates, which can be directly inserted into COVID-19 vaccine introduction readiness assessment tool.


Global Health Cost Consortium Reference Case by GHCC

The reference case provides an overview/reference document of costing methods that can be applied in different documents and tools to support costing, depending on the audience and purpose. The technical content of the Reference Case (both costing and reporting) is presented by defining principles and methodological specifications.