The Access, Bottlenecks, Costs, and Equity (ABCE) project was a collaborative project between Action Africa Help-International (AAH-I) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Data was collected from 253 facilities in 18 counties in Kenya from April to November 2012 and involved a facility survey, Clinical chart extractions of HIV-positive patients on ART and a Patient exit interview survey.
The ABCE project was launched in 2011 and funded through the Disease Control Priorities Network (DCPN), a multiyear grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to comprehensively estimate the costs and cost-effectiveness of a range of health interventions and delivery platforms.In addition to Kenya, the multipronged, multi-partner ABCE project has taken place in six other countries (Colombia, Ghana, Lebanon, Uganda, Zambia, and six states in India. In 2014, the project will take place in Bangladesh and Mozambique.
The ABCE project contributes to the global evidence base on the costs of and capacity for health service provision and aims to develop data-driven and flexible policy tools that can be adapted to the particular demands of governments, development partners, and international agencies.