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The World in Medicine
September 13, 2000

Mothers Fight Malaria

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JAMA. 2000;284(10):1235. doi:10.1001/jama.284.10.1235

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.