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Policy brief on improving access to artemisinin-based combination therapies for malaria in Central African Republic

Author(s): Gresenguet, Gérard; Moyen, Moyen; Bangamingo, Jean Pierre; Koffi, Boniface
[EVIPNet Repository ID: 40 ] Language(s): English
In the Central African Republic (CAR) malaria is a major public health problem and hampers socioeconomic development. It accounts for 40 percent of complaints and 10 percent of deaths in health facilities. Pregnant women, who make up 4 percent of the population, and children under 5 years of age, who represent 17.3 percent, are the groups most vulnerable to malaria owing to their low levels of immunity. Scaling up the treatment of uncomplicated malaria through the use of ACTs could be achieved through three policy options: (i)Make ACTs available at all levels of health system; (ii) Involve all healthcare providers in prescribing ACTs and motivating them appropriately; and (iii) Regulate the registration import and local production of antimalarials.