Saving Lives, Buying Time: Economics of Malaria Drugs in an Age of Resistance

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For more than 50 years, low-cost antimalarial drugs silently saved millions of lives and cured billions of debilitating infections. Today, however, these drugs no longer work against the deadliest form of malaria that exists throughout the world. Malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa--currently just over one million per year--are rising because of increased resistance to the old, inexpensive drugs. Although effective new drugs called "artemisinins" are available, they are unaffordable for the majority of the affected population, even at a cost of one dollar per course. Saving Lives, Buying Time: Economics of Malaria Drugs in an Age of Resistance examines the history of malaria treatments, provides an overview of the current drug crisis, and offers recommendations on maximizing access to and effectiveness of antimalarial drugs. To delay the development of resistance for as long as possible, first-line malaria treatment must be "combination" therapy, which should include an artemisinin, while the use of "monotherapies" must be minimized. The book finds that most people in endemic countries will not have access to currently effective combination treatments without financing from the global community. Without funding for effective treatment, malaria mortality could double over the next 10 to 20 years and transmission will intensify.
Autor: Institute Of Medicine, Board On Global Health, Committee on the Economics of Antimalari
Kenneth J. Arrow, Claire Panosian, and Hellen Gelband, Editors, Committee on the Economics of Antimalarial Drugs

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Autor: Institute Of Medicine
ISBN-13 :: 9780309092180
ISBN: 0309092183
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.10.2004
Verlag: NATL ACADEMY PR
Gewicht: 739g
Seiten: 384
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage New
Sonstiges: Buch, 236x159x26 mm
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