Estimated Under-Five Deaths Associated with Poor-Quality Antimalarials in Sub-Saharan Africa

Title
Estimated Under-Five Deaths Associated with Poor-Quality Antimalarials in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors
Renschler, JP; Walters, KM; Newton, PN; Laxminarayan, R
Keywords
DRUG RESISTANCE; ANTI-MALARIALS; ARTEMISININ; UNCERTAINTY; COUNTRIES; PRICE
Issue Date
2015
Publisher
AM J TROP MED HYG
Citation
Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.;JUN;2015;92;6
Abstract
Many antimalarials sold in sub-Saharan Africa are poor-quality (falsified, substandard, or degraded), and the burden of disease caused by this problem is inadequately quantified. In this article, we estimate the number of under-five deaths caused by ineffective treatment of malaria associated with consumption of poor-quality antimalarials in 39 sub-Saharan countries. Using Latin hypercube sampling our estimates were calculated as the product of the number of private sector antimalarials consumed by malaria-positive children in 2013; the proportion of private sector antimalarials consumed that were of poor-quality; and the case fatality rate (CFR) of under-five malaria-positive children who did not receive appropriate treatment. An estimated 122,350 (interquartile range [IQR]: 91,577-154,736) under-five malaria deaths were associated with consumption of poor-quality antimalarials, representing 3.75% (IQR: 2.81-4.75%) of all under-five deaths in our sample of 39 countries. There is considerable uncertainty surrounding our results because of gaps in data on case fatality rates and prevalence of poor-quality antimalarials Our analysis highlights the need for further investigation into the distribution of poor-quality antimalarials and the need for stronger surveillance and regulatory efforts to prevent the sale of poor-quality antimalarials.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/11267/2432
ISSN
0002-9637
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