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Last week at MalariaWorld: How concerned is WHO about drug resistant malaria in South-East Asia?

October 13, 2017 - 11:00 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

How concerned is WHO about the so-called “super malaria” parasite in South-East Asia?
A recent letter published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reported that a drug-resistant malaria is on the march in Southeast Asia. It has rapidly made its way  from western Cambodia, through northeastern Thailand, to southern Laos; now it has landed in southern Vietnam, where it is causing alarming rates of treatment failure. Following the publication of the letter in the Lancet Infectious Diseases (October 2017) Dr. Nicholas White, head of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, has urged the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme replied that at this time WHO does not consider the threat of antimalarial drug resistance a public health emergency of international concern. Alonso states that "... parasite resistance to antimalarial medicines is a serious problem. But we must not create unnecessary alarm. Providing timely access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment should be our primary focus." (WHO, 29 September 2017)

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