Malaria in School-Age Children

Authors: Brian Greenwood, Caroline Gitonga, Deepika Fernando, Sian Clarke, Simon Brooker, Joaniter Nankabirwa, David Schellenberg


School-age children have attracted relatively little attention as a group in need of special protective measures against malaria. However, malaria can impair cognitive development and school performance. New approaches to the prevention of malaria in schoolchildren are being explored, including improved access to treatment, increased coverage with long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets, screening and treatment programs, and prophylactic use of antimalarial drugs. Such measures need to be incorporated into the broader programs being undertaken to enhance the health of school-age children in malaria endemic areas.