Malaria

Rectal artesunate for pre-referral treatment of severe malaria

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WHO

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Number of pages: 8
Publication date: 2017
Languages: English, French
WHO reference number: WHO/HTM/GMP/2017.19

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Overview

Based on current WHO recommendations, this information note describes how to use rectal artesunate for pre-referral treatment of severe malaria in children under 6 years of age in remote areas where comprehensive treatment is not available.

The document highlights considerations for the large-scale implementation and correct use of this life-saving commodity, emphasizing important aspects such as the narrow window of indication and the need for immediate referral and completion of a full treatment for severe malaria in view of the risk of development and spread of resistance to artemisinins.

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