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Malaria prevention reduces anemia and improves educational potential in Kenyan schoolchildren
Date:7/10/2008

which already provide treatments against worm infections. School-age children represent 26% of Africa's population where 94% of children go to school. Numerically, this represents up to191 million children who could benefit from a systematic approach to school-based malaria control, which could include IPT.

Dr. Simon Brooker, a Reader in Tropical Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine adds: 'For a small financial investment the potential gains from the approach of IPT are extremely attractive. An important next step will be to work with government and development partners in Africa to investigate further the feasibility and cost- effectiveness of scaling up an IPT package within the context of school health programmes'.


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Contact: Gemma Howe
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020-792-72802
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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