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Policy brief on improving access to artemisinin-based combination therapies for malaria control in Ethiopia

Autor(es): Jima, Daddi; Messelle, Tsehaynesh; Woyessa, Adugna; Urga, Kelbessa; Kebede, Amha
[ ID: 41 ] Idioma: Inglês
The problem: Malaria in Ethiopia is one of the leading causes of death (21.8 percent), consultation in outpatient departments (17.8 percent) and hospital admissions (14.1 percent). To overcome this problem, the Malaria Control Program (Federal Ministry of Health) has designed a communitybased malaria treatment approach that played key roles in malaria epidemic control and community mobilization as well as vector control operations. In this approach, Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Village Malaria Workers, volunteers selected by community and trained on malaria diagnosis and treatment as well as indoor residual spray for few days. Policy options: Three policy options that could improve access to ACTs are as follows: (i) rescheduling ACTs to be over-the-counter, (ii) engaging the private sector, and (iii) follow-up and supportive supervision of HEWs.