Management of severe malaria – A practical handbook. Third edition

April 2013

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 83
Publication date: 2013
Languages: English, French, Spanish
ISBN: 978 92 4 154852 6



Malaria continues to be a major health problem in many parts of the world. Delay in treatment, especially of cases caused by P. falciparum – the species of the parasite that is the main cause of the severe forms of the disease – may result in rapid deterioration in the patient’s condition, and in the development of life-threatening complications. Recognizing and promptly treating uncomplicated malaria is therefore of vital importance.

This Handbook, an updated edition of the Management of Severe Malaria, provides new and revised practical guidance on the diagnosis and management of severe malaria. After outlining the necessary general nursing care, it considers possible complications, including coma, convulsions, severe anaemia, hypoglycaemia and pulmonary oedema, and gives specific and concise advice on their management.

While intended primarily for clinical professionals and other health staff responsible for centres with inpatients facilities in malaria-endemic countries, it will also be of practical use to physicians in non-endemic areas, who increasingly have to deal with patients infected during visits to malarious areas.