New publication: Addressing Barriers in Malaria Control
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Publications is pleased to
announce publication of "Addressing Barriers in Malaria Control
through Pharmaceutical and Commodity Management," Volume 12, No.
1 of 'The Manager', MSH's management quarterly.
Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal disease caused by a para-
site that is spread to humans through the bite of infected mos-
quitoes. For more than 50 years, chloroquine, an inexpensive and
widely available medicine, has been used to cure malaria. Today,
however, the world is faced with a resurgence of malaria, fu-
elled in part by the spread of strains of the parasite that are
resistant to chloroquine and other antimalarial medicines. Ma-
laria is a problem in every region of the developing world. The
disease affects all ages and economic groups with a devastating
impact on pregnant women and children less than five years of
This issue of 'The Manager' was written to support the goals of
the Global Malaria Control Strategy. It focuses on both the bar-
riers that impede the control of malaria and promising strate-
gies for addressing them through pharmaceutical and commodity
management. Policymakers and health managers can apply some of
these strategies to ensure a supply of effective antimalarial
medicines and promote their correct use.
The Manager is a continuing education publication from MSH. Each
issue presents in-depth discussions of management strategies for
improving health services. Accompanying case scenarios may be
used for staff development and training. This issue was pub-
lished with support from the US Agency for International Devel-
opment through the Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus Pro-
gram. Additional support was provided by the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation through the MSH Strategies for Enhancing Access
to Medicines (SEAM) Program.
The Manager is free of charge to people in Africa, Asia, and
Latin America. Funds received from sales in North America, West-
ern Europe, Japan, and Australia support reprinting and distri-
bution of our publications in 180 countries.
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