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Making the Switch: Ensuring access to improved treatment for severe malaria in Africa

English (ENG) and French (FR) versions available to download


Malaria continues to be the leading cause of death in African children. Of an estimated 781,000 malaria-related deaths reported in 2009, 91% occurred on the African continent, and 85% were among children under the age of five. This report, based on a review of the latest scientific evidence, coupled with information from MSF’s malaria programmes across Africa, highlights some of the important challenges in making this life-saving switch to artesunate for the treatment of severe malaria especially in children, and provides some recommendations for the way forward.