Mumbai, India - Following a sharp increase in malaria cases in Mumbai, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has launched a malaria intervention to help local health authorities fight the disease. On August 18, MSF teams that were already working in an HIV treatment project in Mumbai began providing 100,000 diagnostic kits and 3,700 treatment kits to 64 health centers in the city. MSF will also provide training for health center staff in diagnosing and treating the disease.
MSF is responding to a request from the Ministry of Health to reinforce the supply of treatment for the falciparum strain of malaria, which is the most deadly form of the disease and constitutes approximately 10 to 15 percent of all cases in Mumbai. The diagnostic tests that MSF provides are an efficient way of identifying which strain of malaria the patient is infected with.
Despite improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of malaria, the disease continues to kill almost one million people around the world every year.
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