Sup­pos­i­tory of­fers life­line for chil­dren with malaria

The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

A sup­pos­i­tory form of a malar­i­afight­ing drug could pro­vide a life­line to chil­dren in ru­ral ar­eas.

A study in Zambia found that sup­pos­i­tory drugs pro­vided a cru­cial win­dow for chil­dren with se­vere malaria, al­low­ing them to reach a health fa­cil­ity.

Each year, 445,000 peo­ple die from malaria; 90% of deaths are in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa. Chil­dren un­der five are at great­est risk.

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