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Malaria still claims many victims in the developing world. An additional problem is that the parasite that causes the disease has become resistant to many of the commonly used anti-malarial medicines. Now there is an alternative: artemisinin, derived from a plant native to China, Artemisia annua (known as alsem or Absinth in Dutch). However, the production and distribution of this ‘wonder drug’ is encumbered for several reasons. This Dossier focuses on the issues and questions raised in the Artemisia D-group. This virtual community is intended for malaria experts, policy-makers, NGOs, producers, researchers and distributers of ACT, with representatives from across the world. One-hundred-and-seventy-five participants have already joined the group and it is expected that this group will form the basis for an evolving network.
Dam, H. van
disease prevention and control
KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
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Agriculture and Rural Development