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Children from the poorest families are twice as likely to contract malaria than the least poor
Date:6/20/2013

y low cost. Malaria control programs elsewhere could adopt similar policies."

Professor Richard Smith, Health Economist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said:

"The analysis represents a comparison of the very poorest children with the least poor children within highly impoverished communities. The difference in the odds of malaria in the poorest children are likely to have been even greater if the studies were expanded to include children from wealthier homes."

The research also involved collaborators at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, and the National Malaria Control Program, Khartoum, Sudan.

The research team advocates that development programmes should be an essential component of malaria control. Increased wealth and improved standards of living directly stemming from socio-economic development could prove fundamental in ensuring that malaria transmission continues to decline in much of Asia, South America and Africa, as witnessed historically in Europe and North America.


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Contact: Claire Mulley
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Durham University
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