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Saving more lives with artesunate injection
Date: Feb.1.2012
 

On 11 November 2011, convened by the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), World Health Organization (WHO) and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), 11 organisations from across the field of malaria came together to discuss the challenges relating to the treatment of severe malaria to agree on a way forward together and ultimately save more lives.

In April 2011, based on new scientific evidence, the WHO guidelines were revised to recommend artesunate, delivered intravenously, as the first-line treatment for severe malaria in both adults and children.

Since then, several African countries have revised their severe malaria treatment guidelines to reflect the WHO recommendation but to-date, not all countries affected by malaria have adopted the new policy.

MMV’s goal is to work together with key partners to discover, develop and deliver new safe, effective and quality antimalarials to vulnerable populations at affordable prices with ultimate goal of eradicating this terrible disease.

MMV worked with Guilin Pharmaceuticals to achieve WHO prequalification for its injectable artesunate, which was granted in November 2010. The challenge now is to save lives by ensuring this treatment reaches patients in the shortest possible time frame.

The message for injectable artesunate is clear and compelling: 100% of people with severe malaria may die if they are not treated quickly and injectable artesunate is easier to use and will save more lives than the current treatment, parenteral quinine. But there are many other issues that are slowing down improvements in severe malaria management.

This report, based on the outcomes of the Malaria Stakeholder Meeting in November 2011, summarises the key issues relating to the adoption and implementation of injectable artesunate in malaria affected regions and outlines a set of recommended actions that this group believes will help speed up access to this life saving medicine.

 

  MMV_report_InjAS-meeting.pdf

 

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