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Policy brief on improving access to artemisinin-based combination therapies for malaria in Mozambique

  • Francisco Mbofana (a1), Gertrudes Machatine (a2) and Celeste Moreira (a3)
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Malaria is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Mozambique. Approximately 6 million cases are reported each year. Malaria accounts for approximately 40 percent of all outpatient visits and 60 percent of pediatric hospital admissions. It is the leading cause of death among children admitted to pediatric services. Malaria transmission takes place year round with a seasonal peak extending from December to April. More than 18.5 million people in Mozambique are considered to be at-risk of malaria, including an estimated 3.6 million children less than 5 years old and almost 1 million pregnant women (13). The Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) -supported Malaria Indicator Survey, conducted in 2007, found the national prevalence of malaria parasitemia among children 6 to 59 months old to be 38.5 percent, with a range by province from 60.4 percent in Nampula to less than 10 percent in Maputo. Among pregnant women, the parasite prevalence was 16.3 percent, with 30.1 percent of women in their first pregnancy demonstrating parasites on blood slides (11).

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