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ACTwatch, to Improve Malaria Treatment, to Be Launched on World Malaria Day
Date:4/24/2008

ch as chloroquine, which have become ineffective due to the emergence of resistant malaria parasites. While ACTs are extremely effective in treating malaria, they are sold for up to 10 times the price of chloroquine. As a result, major donor initiatives, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, have provided funds to individual countries to procure ACTs for supply through public health facilities to treat patients sick with malaria.

While public facilities in most malaria endemic countries provide ACTs at low cost or for free, almost half of all malaria patients access treatment through shops, where many kinds of antimalarials, of varying quality, can be found. Few shops stock ACTs because they are so expensive and most patients continue to buy ineffective malaria treatments because that is all that they can afford. To address this problem, both global and national financing initiatives to subsidize the price of ACTs are underway. ACTwatch will provide ongoing feedback to these programs, and measure the extent to which these initiatives have been successful.

For more information on ACTwatch, visit http://www.actwatch.info

The mission of PSI is to measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable people in the developing world, principally through social marketing of family planning and health products and services, and behavior change communications. Social marketing engages private sector resources and uses private sector techniques to encourage healthy behavior and make markets work for the poor.


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