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Lay people in malaria-affected regions frequently have to choose from many over-the-counter malaria management drugs, requiring them to be able to identify these medications and distinguish between them. Lay people make these distinctions at two levels – age of the patient and the whether he or she has fever, pain or malaria. Sometimes decisions are based on incorrect information given by friends and relatives, causing prolonged suffering to the patient, exascerbating chloroquine resistance and leading to resistance to the sulfodoxine/pyrymethamine drugs now recommended as first-line treatment in Kenya.

Keywords: Kenya; malaria; over-the-counter drugs; treatment

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3156.1999.00484.x

Affiliations: Institute of African Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Publication date: November 1, 1999

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