A new cherry flavored drug for malaria has been launched in countries throughout Africa.
WiredPRNews.com – A new drug for treating malaria in children has been launched onto the market. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Novartis, a Swiss pharmaceutical company has created a child-friendly version of the Coartem malaria pill which is dissolvable in liquids like water and breastmilk. The cherry flavored pill is said to give liquids a taste similar to fruit juice.
As noted by the AP, malaria is a preventable and treatable disease that contributes to the deaths of an estimated one million people every year, many of whom are children. Statistics from the World Health Organization state that in Africa, a child dies due to malaria every 30 seconds.
The launch of the new drug has been partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Senegalese Health Minister Safiatou Thiam Sy is quoted as stating of the treatment, “If our children accept this new form (of the malaria drug) then it will mark a major step forward.”