What are ACTs?

They are artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), which the World Health Organization recommends as the first-line treatment for malaria throughout Africa.  The idea is that a combination therapy will prevent malaria parasites from becoming resistant to artemisinin, the last available malaria treatment to which they are not resistant.  Other medications may not be effective at treating malaria because some parasites are already resistant to them; artemisinin given alone could lead to it becoming resistant too.   ACTs were recently subsidized to be more affordable for Africans, rather than the $10 they originally cost.

But, while all of the staff at our house have had malaria in the past few months, none of them have heard of any types of ACTs.  What’s up with that? Joyce has an interest in health and kindly offered to ask her pharmacy about it for me.  I’m going to check it out too at the expensive pharmacy down the street.

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