21 April 2011

The World Health Organization (WHO) this week recommended a change in the first-line treatment for malaria that could save nearly 200,000 lives a year, but health activists in Africa are bracing themselves for a potentially long battle in getting the new guidelines implemented...

Quinine has been the drug of choice for treating severe malaria for years, but it is difficult to administer and can have dangerous side effects.

"It requires a lot of calculation," said Veronique De Clerk, medical coordinator for international NGO, Doctors Without Borders in the northern Ugandan district of Kaabong. "You need to dilute it into infusions, and those infusions need to run through an IV [intravenous line] for four hours [every eight hours]... Read the full article