by Matthew E. Coldiron, Estrella Lasry, Malika Bouhenia et al.
Malaria Journal, 2017 16:218 – Published: 23 May 2017
Northern Uganda hosts a large population of refugees from South Sudan, and malaria is one of the major health problems in the area. In 2015, intermittent preventive treatment for malaria (IPTc) was implemented in two refugee camps among children aged 6 months to 14 years. The authors conclude that the positive impact of dihydroartemisinin–piperaquine (DP) on the incidence of malaria, together with its favourable safety profile, should lead to further use of IPTc in similar settings. Expanding coverage groups and decreasing intervals between distributions might provide more benefit, but would need to be balanced with the operational implications of a broader, more frequent distribution schedule.