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Saving Lives, Buying Time: Economics of Malaria Drugs in an Age of Resistance Kenneth J. Arrow

Saving Lives, Buying Time: Economics of Malaria Drugs in an Age of Resistance

Kenneth J. Arrow

Published March 20th 2009
ISBN : 9781280176128
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364 pages
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For more than 50 years, low-cost antimalarial drugs silently saved millions of lives and cured billions of debilitating infections. Today, however, these drugs no longer work against the deadliest form of malaria that exists throughout the world.MoreFor more than 50 years, low-cost antimalarial drugs silently saved millions of lives and cured billions of debilitating infections. Today, however, these drugs no longer work against the deadliest form of malaria that exists throughout the world. Malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa-currently just over one million per year-are rising because of increased resistance to the old, inexpensive drugs. Although effective new drugs called artemisinins are available, they are unaffordable for the majority of the affected population, even at a cost of one dollar per course. Saving Lives, Buying Time: Economics of Malaria Drugs in an Age of Resistance examines the history of malaria treatments, provides an overview of the current drug crisis, and offers recommendations on maximizing access to and effectiveness of antimalarial drugs. To delay the development of resistance for as long as possible, first-line malaria treatment must be combination therapy, which should include an artemisinin, while the use of monotherapies must be minimized. The book finds that most people in endemic countries will not have access to currently effective combination treatments without financing from the global community. Without funding for effective treatment, malaria mortality could double over the next 10 to 20 years and transmission will intensify.