Combining community case management and intermittent preventive treatment for malaria

Trends Parasitol. 2011 Nov;27(11):477-80. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2011 Jul 27.


Employment of members of the community to treat malaria is a promising approach to the management of this infection in areas where access to treatment is difficult. Intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) of malaria has recently been shown to be a highly effective way of reducing morbidity from malaria in children living in areas of seasonal malaria transmission, and it can be delivered efficiently by community volunteers. Therefore, we suggest that in areas where malaria transmission is seasonal, and IPT an appropriate malaria intervention in children, community volunteers could be employed to deliver IPT during the peak malaria-transmission season and also to provide community case management during this period and during the rest of the year when occasional cases of malaria continue to occur.

MeSH terms

  • Africa / epidemiology
  • Antimalarials / administration & dosage*
  • Case Management
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chloroquine / administration & dosage
  • Community Health Services / methods*
  • Community Health Workers
  • Drug Combinations
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Malaria / drug therapy
  • Malaria / epidemiology
  • Malaria / prevention & control*
  • Pregnancy
  • Preventive Health Services / methods*
  • Pyrimethamine / administration & dosage
  • Seasons
  • Sulfadoxine / administration & dosage


  • Antimalarials
  • Drug Combinations
  • fanasil, pyrimethamine drug combination
  • Sulfadoxine
  • Chloroquine
  • Pyrimethamine