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Policy brief on improving access to artemisinin-based combination therapies for malaria in Burkina Faso

Author(s): Nana, Victor; Kouyaté, Bocar
[EVIPNet Repository ID: 38 ] Language(s): English
Malaria is a major public health problem in Burkina Faso. Statistics from health facilities in 2006 showthat 40.1 percent of medical consultations, 53.4 percent of hospital admissions, and 45.8 percent of deaths are malaria related. Malaria among children under 5 years of age accounted for 46 percent of all cases in 2004, 49 percent in 2005 and 48 percent in 2006. In the same age group, malaria was the cause of 66.4 percent of deaths in 2004, 62.0 percent in 2005 and 62.7 percent in 2006. Three policy options that could improve access are changes in Delivery arrangements: motivate community health workers responsible for home management of uncomplicated malaria; Financial arrangements: ensure that private-sector stakeholders (pharmacies, clinics, nursing practices) comply with national guidelines on subsidized pricing of ACTs; and Governance arrangements: ban antimalarial drugs used in single-drug therapy for uncomplicated malaria and remove these drugs from the national list of essential drugs.