NGOs Work With African Pharmacies To Stop Malaria
Newsweek: Can We Rely on the Private Sector to Halt Malaria in Africa?
“…In the U.S., if you want an antimalarial, you have to go see a doctor and get a prescription; this ensures that Americans are treated with only the best malaria drugs. But not in most African countries, where private doctors are rare and public hospitals are often far away, and frequently lack supplies and staff. Here, parents with sick children go up to their local [market] and take whatever they’re selling. That makes for an unregulated market in which shop owners will sell their sick customers anything they will buy, whether it’s the best choice or not…” (Maxmen, 9/27).