Smart tactics crucial to win war on malaria – LSHTM – AlertNetPosted: April 23, 2012
On World Malaria Day (25 April), leading researchers say they are confident that the war is being won, but call for more intelligent approaches to continue to save lives without wasting money.
One intervention developed by experts at the school and recently recommended by the World Health Organization is seasonal malaria chemoprevention, a preventative approach which gives all children a monthly treatment dose of anti-malarial drugs during the high malaria transmission season.
“Seasonal malaria chemoprevention is very similar to what tourists do as a preventative measure,” said Brian Greenwood, professor of clinical tropical medicine.
“Clinical trials in Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana and the Gambia, have shown this approach will reduce malaria by 80 percent.”