Adema Asah, an MSF health educator, explains how to take the anti-malarial drug Coartem to local crowds at to Ganda health clinic, Gamo Gofa district, SNNPR region, Southern Ethiopia.
MSF launched an emergency malaria intervention in late August 2005 to tackle a localised epidemic. Staff use paracheck rapid tests and treat cases of falciparum malaria using Coartem, a form of ACT.
Malaria is the number one killer in Ethiopia and according to WHO, killed approximately 300,000 people during a epidemic in 2003.
Coartem was approved as the official first line treatment in July 2004, after intensive lobbying by MSF and other NGOs.