Persistence of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine resistance despite reduction of drug pressure in Malawi

In 2007, Malawi replaced sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) with artemisinin-based combination therapy as the first-line treatment for uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in response to failing SP efficacy. This study estimates the effect of reduced SP drug pressure on the prevalence of SP-resistant parasites and the characteristics of the associated selective sweeps flanking the resistance loci.

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Publication date: February 2015
Source: The Journal of Infectious Diseases

Pregnant women are a reservoir of malaria transmission in Blantyre, Malawi

These data suggest that pregnant women are a significant reservoir of gametocyte transmission and should not be overlooked in elimination efforts. Interventions targeting this population would benefit from reaching women prior to first antenatal visit.

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Publication date: December 2014
Source: Malaria Journal