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Table 2 Summary of the eligible studies included in the systematic review

From: Availability and affordability of medicines and diagnostic tests recommended for management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review

Study, year and reference Country (ies) where study was done No. of health facilities surveyed No. of essential medicines and diagnostic tests studied Key study findings about availability and affordability Method quality score
1. Mendis et al. [15] 6 LMIC (Only one African country included-Malawi). 20 public and 16 private facilities. 2 essential medicines (Salbutamol and Beclometasone inhalers) Availability of beclometasone: 0% in public sector and 38% in private sector
Affordability of salbutamol and beclometasone combination: 9.2 days’ wages
2. Kibirige et al. [16] Uganda 23 public and 22 private facilities and 85 private pharmacies 17 essential medicines and 2 diagnostic tests (Spirometry and peak flow-metry) Availability of inhaled SABA, oral LTRA, ICS–LABA combinations, ICS, oral theophylline, inhaled SAMA, inhaled SAMA and SABA combination and inhaled LAMA monotherapy or with LABA: 75, 60.8, 46.9, 45.4, 16.9, 12.3, 10.8 and 0% respectively
Availability of spirometry and peak flow-metry: 24.4% and 6.7% respectively
Affordability: inhaled salbutamol-2.2 days’ wages, inhaled beclometasone-5.3 days’ wages, inhaled formeterol-beclometasone-6.4 days’ wages, oral montelukast-6.9 days’ wages, inhaled salmeterol-fluticasone propionate-10.2 days’ wages, inhaled salbutamol-ipratropium-10.7 days’ wages and 17.1 days’ wages for formoterol/budesonide
Affordability of spirometry: 27.8 days’ wages
3. Desalu et al. [17] Nigeria 68 tertiary public hospitals 6 classes of essential medicines and 2 diagnostic tests (Spirometry and peak flow-metry) Availability of inhaled anti-cholinergics, oral LTRA, ICS, SABA nebules, ICS–LABA combinations, inhaled SABA and oral theophylline was 2.9%, 5.9%, 23.5%, 35.3%, 50%, 76.5%, 76.5% respectively
Availability of spirometry and peak flow-metry was 29.4% and 38% respectively
4. Babar et al. [18] 52 LMICs (21 SSA countries) 2 private retail pharmacies, 1 national procurement centre and 1 public hospital for each participating country 3 essential medicines (Salbutamol, Beclometasone and Budesonide) Availability of beclometasone and budesonide: 0% in the surveyed sites in Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Nigeria, Tanzania and Togo
Affordability of innovator budesonide in Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Republic of Guinea was 48 days’ wages, 51 days’ wages and 107 days’ wages respectively
Affordability of the lowest priced generic beclometasone was < 2 days’ wages in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia and > 2 days’ wages in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Sudan and Zimbabwe
Affordability of the lowest priced generic salbutamol was < 2 days’ wages in Burkina Faso, DRC, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and ≥ 2 days’ wages in Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Republic of Guinea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique and Togo
5. Nyarko et al. [19] Ghana 23 health facilities (92%-public and 8%-private) 3 essential medicines (Salbutamol inhaler, Ipratropium bromide and beclometasone inhaler) and 1 diagnostic test (peak flow-metry) Availability of ipratropium bromide, beclometasone inhaler and salbutamol inhaler was 4.5, 17.4 and 39.1% respectively
Availability of peak flow-metry was 13%
6. Armstrong-Hough et al. [20] Uganda 196 health facilities 2 essential medicines (Beclometasone and salbutamol inhalers) Availability of beclometasone and salbutamol inhalers was 1.5% and 19.9% respectively 5/6
7. Cameron et al. [21] 36 LMICs (11 SSA countries) 1 main public hospital, 4 randomly-selected public medicine outlets and 1 private facility for each participating country 1 essential medicine (Salbutamol inhaler) Mean availability of lowest priced generic salbutamol in 8 SSA countries was 14% (0–55.9%) and 47% (0–95%) in the public and private sector respectively
Affordability of lowest priced generic salbutamol in the public sector was a mean of 1.6 days’ wages. In the private sector, the lowest priced generic and innovator salbutamol cost a mean of 2.5 and 4.4 days’ wages respectively
8. Mendis et al. [22] 8 LMICs (3 SSA countries-Benin, Eriteria and Sudan) 30 health facilities. 3 essential medicines (beclometasone, salbutamol and ipratropium bromide inhalers) Availability of beclometasone inhaler in Benin, Sudan and Eriteria was 16.7, 21.4 and 33.3% respectively
Availability of salbutamol inhaler in Benin, Sudan and Eriteria was 33.3, 71.4 and 100% respectively
Availability of ipratropium bromide was 0% in Benin and Eriteria and 14.3% in Sudan
9. Mash et al. [23] South Africa 46 primary care facilities 1 diagnostic test (peak flow-metry)
Details of essential medicines studied were not given
Availability of peak flow-metry was 53.6% 4/6
  1. LMIC Low-and middle-income countries, SSA sub-Saharan Africa, SABA short acting beta agonists, SAMA short acting anti muscarinic agents, LAMA long acting anti muscarinic agents, LABA long acting beta agonists, ICS inhaled corticosteroid, LTRA leukotriene receptor antagonists