SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.111 issue1Long-COVID: An evolving problem with an extensive impactParaffin dangers and health and socioeconomic consequences: Urgent need for policy action author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • On index processSimilars in Google


SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574


RAMAN, J et al. Maintaining focus on administering effective malaria treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2021, vol.111, n.1, pp.13-16. ISSN 2078-5135.

As September marks the start of the malaria season in South Africa (SA), it is essential that healthcare professionals consider both COVID-19 and malaria when a patient who lives in or has recently travelled to a malaria area presents with acute febrile illness. Early diagnosis of malaria by either a rapid diagnostic test or microscopy enables prompt treatment with the effective antimalarial, artemether-lumefantrine, preventing progression to severe disease and death. Intravenous artesunate is the preferred treatment for severe malaria in both children and adults. Adding single low-dose primaquine to standard treatment is recommended in endemic areas to block onward transmission. Use of the highly effective artemisinin-based therapies should be limited to the treatment of confirmed malaria infections, as there is no clinical evidence that these antimalarials can prevent or treat COVID-19. Routine malaria case management services must be sustained, in spite of COVID-19, to treat malaria effectively and support SA's malaria elimination efforts.

        · text in English     · English ( pdf )


Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License