More effort is needed to tackle malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, says Unicef

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:848
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    Important advances have been made in recent years to reduce the malaria burden in sub-Saharan Africa through greater use of treated bed nets and better treatment, says a report by Unicef.

    But despite this progress the report concludes that overall use of bed nets treated with insecticide still falls short of global targets and that a large number of children with fever are still being treated with weaker drugs and not with the more effective artemisinin based combination treatments.

    More “enhanced commitments and bolder efforts” are needed, it says, by donors and governments to help meet the anti-malaria goals.

    Actions needed include further strengthening of political and financial commitments and integrating malaria control into existing programmes for improving maternal and children's health, it …

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