Community case management of malaria
These projects involve early community-based management of uncomplicated and severe malaria, which is a strategy to reduce childhood mortality.
Trained, community-based providers diagnose and treat malaria close to home in areas where doctors and facilities are not immediately accessible.
They diagnose with rapid diagnostic tests and treat with antimalarial medicines, which are either prepackaged oral drugs for uncomplicated cases or artesunate suppositories for children with severe disease who cannot take medication by mouth and require transfer to a facility where injectable treatment is possible.
The feasibility and effectiveness of this approach is being studied in Burkina Faso, Malawi, Uganda and Nigeria.