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Policy brief on improving access to artemisinin-based combination therapies for malaria in the East African community

Author(s): Juma, Malick; Upunda, Gabriel L.; Nabudere, Harriet
[EVIPNet Repository ID: 43 ] Language(s): English
The World Health Organization (WHO) since June 1998 has advocated for the use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) in countries where Plasmodium falciparum malaria is resistant to traditional antimalarial therapies such as chloroquine, sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, and amodiaquine. In 2006, WHO released evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of malaria backed by findings from various scientific studies. The policy options described in this policy brief are not mutually exclusive interventions; they are complementary strategies in the fight against malaria. The policy brief does not recommend any one option over another, but highlights existing research evidence in support of the included interventions.