Access to artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) for the treatment of malaria is often limited; this presentation describes the Home Management of Malaria strategy, which is designed to overcome this problem by providing the drugs in a user-friendly, unit-dosed pre-packaged form, made available close to the home by a network of trained community-based providers, and backed up by a comunication strategy for behaviour change. It has proved successful in a number of African countries. Subsidised provision of ACTs in Uganda has also met with success. Challenges and research gaps are listed.
Presentation from DNDiii’s 2nd Stakeholders’ Meeting & 3rd African Meeting, Nairobi, Kenya, 23 June 2009.