Review of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in infants and children

Munday, Sally (2007) Review of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in infants and children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43 (6). pp. 424-428.

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Abstract

Malaria is one of the greatest killers of children in the world. Treatment is available, but there are problems with affordability, availability, accessibility and increasing drug resistance. A new regime, intermittent preventive treatment in infants (IPTi) shows promise. It involves giving a treatment course of antimalarial drugs, regardless of parasitaemia, at intervals over the first year of life. The aim is to decrease the frequency of malarial illness while allowing the development of natural immunity. Its strength is that it can be linked with the childhood immunisation schedule. Early studies are encouraging, but much remains to be learned before its potential place in the prevention of malaria in children can be determined and it can safely be introduced as public policy. A review of the literature was performed in July 2006 for references relating to IPTi and other forms of personal prevention of malaria in infants and children.

Item ID: 2323
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: child/adolescent mental health; infant psychology; international child health; malaria; preventative medicine; prevention and control; child; infant
ISSN: 1440-1754
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2009 22:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 100%
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