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

Author(s): Bonono, Renée-Cécile; Ongolo-Zogo, Pierre
[EVIPNet Repository ID: 39 ] Language(s): English
Malaria is the major cause of illness in Cameroon, responsible for 40 percent of medical consultations. For this reason, the Head of State along with his African Union peers in April 2000 and 2006 undertook to achieve universal access to malaria control interventions, including effective treatment. Uneven distribution of health services, especially in rural areas, and high poverty rates make health care and drugs inaccessible or unaffordable. Three policy options that could help to improve HMM and engage the private sector in distributing subsidized ACTs are to: 1- Promote safe, efficient, and effective home-based management of malaria. 2- Engage private pharmacists in the distribution of subsidized ACTs. 3- Strengthen the stewardship and regulatory role of the Ministry of Health to ensure the proper registration, regulation, and use of antimalarials, while maintaining the availability and affordability of the preferred antimalarials.