Are Patent Medicine Vendors Effective Agents in Malaria Control?

Using Lot Quality Assurance Sampling to Assess Quality of Practice in Jigawa, Nigeria

by Sima Berendes, Olusegun Adeyemi, Edward Adekola et al.
PLoS ONE 7(9): e44775 (12 September 2012)

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Patent medicine vendors (PMV) provide antimalarial treatment and care throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, and can play an important role in the fight against malaria. The authors conclude that the irrational use of antimalarials in the ACT era revealed in this study bears a high risk of economic loss, death and development of drug resistance. Lot quality assurance sampling (LQAS) has been shown to be a suitable method for monitoring malaria-related indicators among PMV, and should be applied in Nigeria and elsewhere to improve service delivery.

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