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Investing in safety and infection prevention during malaria case management

Journal Article
(Published May, 2015)
Brieger, W. (Author)
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The Ebola epidemic took the lives of many West African health workers at the front line.  In May 2015 Africa Health, Dr Brieger examines measures taken to promote biosafety and prevent exposure to infectious diseases.  These include job aids to enforce gloving, proper disposal of materials, and investing in training.  In Monrovia, Liberia a project had promoted use of rapid diagnositc tests (LDT) for malaria by local pharmacy workers to reduce over-prescription of antimalarials because of undiagnosed fevers.  When Ebola struck and many clinics closed, these medicine shops became even more popular.  Unfortunately, about 5 of the workers died from Ebola.  In mid 2015 these shops no longer use RDTs but are reverting to treating malaria presumptively.  Other diseases put the health worker at risk if proper infection prevention measures are not taken.  Continuous investment in RDTs themselves as well as protective supplies and treatment are needed to save lives of community members and those health workers who care for the communty.

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Brieger WR. Investing in safety and infection prevention during malaria case management. Africa Health. May 2015:17-9.