While malaria outcomes are improving for pregnant women and children under five, malaria infection rates in Burkina Faso are rising, with 27 per cent of cases occurring in children aged 5-14 years. This age group has not previously been the target of malaria control interventions. However, a new project is exploring the use of innovative approaches to malaria prevention in order to reduce the malaria burden in school-aged children.
Following new World Health Organization recommendations on the use of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in school-aged children (IPTsc) in settings with moderate-to-high seasonal transmission, this project will help to inform country-level guidance around the implementation of IPTsc and the choice of antimalarial medicines.
Country: Burkina FasoKeywords: Chemoprevention | Child survival | Policy development | Research | Malaria | Evidence generation | Preventive treatments
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