Zambia Pedals to Progress Against Malaria

Malaria is endemic among under-5s in Zambia’s Serenje district, and treatment delays cost lives—but a pilot study providing lifesaving drugs and emergency transport has proven a remarkable success in reducing malaria's death toll.

The MAMaZ Against Malaria pilot study clocked a 96% drop in severe child malaria case fatality.

The 12-month study introduced the drug rectal artesunate—which buys children a 12-hour window to seek treatment at a health facility—and deployed bicycles to help them get there. Severe malaria child case fatality was slashed from 8% to 0.25%; 3 deaths were recorded, rather than the 97 that would normally be expected.

The Telegraph

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