Mind the gap: knowledge and practice of providers treating uncomplicated malaria at public and mission health facilities, pharmacies and drug stores in Cameroon and Nigeria

by Lindsay Mangham-Jefferies, Kara Hanson, Wilfred Mbacham et al.
Health Policy Plan. (2014) – First published online: October 21, 2014

13 pp. 912 kB:
http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/10/21/heapol.czu118.full.pdf+html3.cover

Public health interventions to improve the treatment of uncomplicated malaria should strive to change what providers prefer, rather than focus on what they know. Interventions to improve adherence to malaria treatment guidelines should emphasize that Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT) is the recommended antimalarial, and it should be used for all patients with uncomplicated malaria. Interventions should also be tailored to the local setting, as there were differences between the two countries in providers’ choice of antimalarial, and who or what influenced their practice.

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