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Policy brief for IMPACT2 project

Evaluating policies in Tanzania to improve malaria diagnosis and treatment

Category: Intervention Manuals

Sub Category: Intervention Manuals

Author: Catherine Goodman

Published Date: 09 July 2013


Artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) is the recommended treatment for malaria in Tanzania and most otherendemic countries. Tanzania introduced the ACT artemether-lumefantrine (ALu) as first line drug in 2006.

However, access to ACT is poor and very often these drugs are not targeted to patients who are actually sufferingfrom malaria.

To tackle the problem, the government of mainland Tanzania has implemented twointerventions nationwide: rolling out malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests in public health facilities, and introducingsubsidised ACTs through the AMFm mechanism.



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