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WHO urges Africa to use more effective malaria medicines

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1033
  1. Gavin Yamey
  1. BMJ

    Hoping to put an end to criticisms by malaria researchers of its malaria treatment strategy (24 January, p 183), the World Health Organization stated unequivocally last week that African countries experiencing resistance to conventional drugs should switch to using more effective, artemisinin based combination therapies.

    “At least one million children die every year in Africa from malaria,” said Dr Lee Jong-wook, WHO's director general. “Several million more become seriously ill. In many places, they are still given medicines whose effectiveness is very low, and decreasing. Better treatment is available and must be delivered urgently to the …

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