Work Package 3 (WP3) is tasked with the development of strategies for the economic assessment of infectious diseases prevention in ageing adults in Europe.

The focus for WP3’s third year was on the development of the initial models, namely the catalogue (static) and the CORE (dynamic) models, to be delivered at the end of this year. Furthermore, the initiation and parallel development of the broader value evaluation of infectious disease prevention, by means of the constrained optimization model, the fiscal impact model, and a readiness assessment framework by means of a country-scoring tool are also in development. The last tool contributes to the transferability of our methodology in Europe.

In addition, four side activities to the core program were developed:

1) Comparing the Q-TWiST analysis versus prospective collection of QALY-data;
2) Assessing the contact matrix with the University of Hasselt;
3) Analysis of hospital data on infection and aging adults in Antwerp, Belgium;
4) Publishing the scientific results from the project.

Looking Ahead

Some activities planned for this year have suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the work initiated around the contact matrix which was due to the non-normal (contact) situation imposed by the COVID-19 measures. Looking ahead to year four, the delivered catalogue (static) and the CORE (dynamic) compartmental models will be tested in multiple countries to prepare for the transferability task. In addition, the fiscal health model and the constrained optimization model will be integrated with the existing static and dynamic models. Further use of WP1 data collection inside and outside the pilot areas will be explored to further enhance the application and usability of the deliverables.