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Protecting the most vulnerable

Prof Jean Louis Ndiaye

Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal, conducted a pilot study from 2011 to 2012 combining SMC with home management of malaria. Prof Jean Louis Ndiaye explains the challenges and the potential impact of SMC. (2014)

Treating children suffering from malaria

Dr Jane Achan, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

With the exception of Coartem® Dispersible, few antimalarial medicines have been specifically formulated for children. Dr Jane Achan explains the needs on the ground for doctors treating children suffering from malaria. (2012)

Protecting pregnant women and their babies

Dr Elizabeth Juma, National Malaria Control Programme, Kenya

Pregnancy lowers a woman’s immune response to infections and so she is four-times more likely to get malaria and twice as likely to die from it than another adult. Dr Elizabeth Juma explains the Kenya's approach to protecting pregnant women from malaria. (2012)

Scaling up an improved treatment for severe malaria

Prof. Olugbenga A Mokuolu, Centre for International Education, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

In 2011 the WHO revised its Standard Treatment Guidelines to recommend artesunate injection as the preferred treatment for severe malaria. Prof. Olugbenga A Mokuolu explains how the guideline change was made in Nigeria and what impact it has had. (2012)

Preventing stock-outs: SMS for Life

Mr Winna Shango, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania

SMS for Life uses widely available SMS technology to record antimalarial stock levels at the point-of-care. Mr Winna Shango tells us how this programme is motivating health-care workers in Tanzania. (2012)

From procurement to patients

Mrs Esnet Mwape, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority, Zambia

ACTs are currently the best medicines available to treat uncomplicated malaria but unfortunately many patients lack access to them. Ms Esnet Mwape explains how the medicinal products coming into Zambia are now better regulated. (2012)

Analyzing the antimalarials market

Nettie Dzabala, College of Medicine, Malawi

The College of Medicine is an academic centre of excellence, responsive to the health needs of Malawi by training professionals, providing clinical services and medical research. MMV worked with the college to analyze the antimalarial medicines market in six districts. (2011)