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Intensified malaria control efforts among young African children may increase disease risks among older children who attend school and whose education may be impaired by malaria. However, there is currently no consensus as to the approach to malaria control in schools, with relevant intervention strategies varying according to patterns of malaria transmission. Life skills messages regarding prevention and accessing prompt treatment are important everywhere. Providing free bed nets to schoolchildren may bring individual and community benefits and should be widely promoted. New approaches to school-based chemoprevention and treatment may also be able to play an important role in school-based malaria control, although these require further investigation.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.trstmh.2008.01.010

Type

Journal article

Journal

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg

Publication Date

04/2008

Volume

102

Pages

304 - 305

Keywords

Africa, Antimalarials, Bedding and Linens, Child, Female, Health Education, Humans, Malaria, Male, School Health Services