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Community Health Volunteers Help Diagnose, Treat Malaria In Rural Kenya

Thomson Reuters Foundation: As warming brings more malaria, Kenya moves treatment closer to home
“…Malaria cases are on the increase in Kenya, and experts attribute the upsurge to changes in the climate. … To tackle the problem, for the past two years county governments in malaria-prone areas have worked with non-governmental organizations to train community health volunteers to diagnose the disease in patients’ homes, using rapid diagnostic kits. The volunteers then treat those who test positive, and refer complicated cases to the nearest health center…” (Esipisu, 7/31).

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