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Ongoing challenges in the management of malaria

Overview of attention for article published in Malaria Journal, October 2009
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Title
Ongoing challenges in the management of malaria
Published in
Malaria Journal, October 2009
DOI 10.1186/1475-2875-8-s1-s2
Pubmed ID
Authors

Gilbert Kokwaro

Abstract

This article gives an overview of some of the ongoing challenges that are faced in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Malaria causes approximately 881,000 deaths every year, with nine out of ten deaths occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to the human burden of malaria, the economic burden is vast. It is thought to cost African countries more than US$12 billion every year in direct losses. However, great progress in malaria control has been made in some highly endemic countries. Vector control is assuming a new importance with the significant reductions in malaria burden achieved using combined malaria control interventions in countries such as Zanzibar, Zambia and Rwanda. The proportion of patients treated for malaria who have a confirmed diagnosis is low in Africa compared with other regions of the world, with the result that anti-malarials could be used to treat patients without malaria, especially in areas where progress has been made in reducing the malaria burden and malaria epidemiology is changing. Inappropriate administration of anti-malarials could contribute to the spread of resistance and incurs unnecessary costs. Parasite resistance to almost all commonly used anti-malarials has been observed in the most lethal parasite species, Plasmodium falciparum. This has presented a major barrier to successful disease management in malaria-endemic areas. ACT (artemisinin-based combination therapy) has made a significant contribution to malaria control and to reducing disease transmission through reducing gametocyte carriage. Administering ACT to infants and small children can be difficult and time consuming. Specially formulating anti-malarials for this vulnerable population is vital to ease administration and help ensure that an accurate dose is received. Education of healthworkers and communities about malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment is a vital component of effective case management, especially as diagnostic policies change. Preventing resistance emerging to both ACT and insecticides used in vector control remains an ongoing challenge in an era of changing malaria epidemiology.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Ghana 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 232 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 50 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 42 18%
Student > Bachelor 41 17%
Researcher 29 12%
Student > Postgraduate 17 7%
Other 33 14%
Unknown 25 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 58 24%
Medicine and Dentistry 52 22%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 23 10%
Chemistry 12 5%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 11 5%
Other 52 22%
Unknown 29 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 May 2012.
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#816,161
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Outputs from Malaria Journal
#372
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#24,791
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Outputs of similar age from Malaria Journal
#23
of 87 outputs
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