Mapping identifies best targets for malaria prevention : Nature News & Comment

Seasonal chemoprevention would not be effective in some of the countries with the highest mortality from malaria, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, because there the disease kills year-round and people rarely respond to SP-AQ. Newman therefore calls the strategy a “lower hanging fruit”. “It only works where the conditions are right,” he says, “but then why not do it in those places?”Philip Rosenthal, a malaria researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, agrees, but stresses the need to explore strategies that could be used elsewhere, too. Malarone makes his short list. “Sure, it’s relatively expensive,” he says, “but I’d counter that the international community has gotten millions of children antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV in the developing world, and that’s far more expensive.”

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