Why we must prioritize malaria treatment for children

29 Jan 2019

Pierre Hugo, Elizabeth Chizema

Photo: Toby Madden/Transaid

Malaria hits children the hardest. As stated in the latest “World Malaria Report” launched late last year in Mozambique, malaria continues to take the life of a child under 5 years of age every two minutes. That’s more than a quarter of a million young lives needlessly lost each year.

Children are particularly vulnerable to malaria, unlike adults that have grown up in endemic regions, children haven’t yet developed the immunity needed to prevent malaria from progressing to a severe, life-threatening stage. Those children that survive an episode of malaria in some parts of Africa can go on to be re-infected up to 13 times a year, according to research in Uganda.

Although children are the main victims of malaria, few antimalarial medicines have been developed with their needs in mind.

View the full article on the Devex website.