Ethiopian children stricken with malaria face poor odds for survival: community health workers are sparse, and the illness strikes so swiftly that rural mothers often cannot obtain treatment in time to save them.
Following the end of a civil war in the northern region of Tigray in 1991, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health designed a new approach to help Ethiopian children survive malaria. The researchers trained local mothers as coordinators of malaria care to augment community-based care in clusters of villages known as tabias.
Voelker R. Mothers Fight Malaria. JAMA. 2000;284(10):1235. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1235