Emergency malaria care to save children’s lives

Image: Julio Dengucho/Unitaid

Demonstrate how rectal artesunate suppositories can be used as a pre-referral treatment for children with severe malaria


Without immediate treatment, small children often die of severe malaria. Some high-malaria zones are hours’ travel from health facilities.


A single rectal artesunate suppository can buy time for a child with severe malaria to make it to a healthcare facility for comprehensive treatment. The medication has been shown to cut severe malaria deaths by almost half.

“By accelerating access to malaria prevention and treatment interventions, we are hoping to avert further unnecessary deaths from the disease.”

Lelio Marmora, Unitaid Executive Director

The impact we are seeking

If the pre-referral treatment is scaled up, Unitaid estimates that rectal artesunate could benefit up to a million children and save up to 20,000 lives per year.

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