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Universität Würzburg (2014)

Diagnosis and therapy of malaria under the conditions of a developing country - the example of Burkina Faso

Schaefer Frauke

Titre : Diagnosis and therapy of malaria under the conditions of a developing country - the example of Burkina Faso

Diagnose und Therapie der Malaria unter den Bedingungen eines Entwicklungslandes - das Beispiel Burkina Fasos

Auteur : Schaefer Frauke

Université de soutenance : Universität Würzburg

Grade : Doctoral Thesis 2014

Malaria is a challenging infection with increasing and wide-spread treatment failure risk due to resistance. With a estimated death toll of 1-3 Million per year, most cases of Malaria affect children under the age of five years in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this thesis, I analyse the current status of malaria control (focussing on diagnosis and therapy) in Burkina Faso to show how this disease burdens public health in endemic countries and to identify possible approaches to improvement. MB is discussed as a therapeutic option under these circumstances. Burkina Faso is used as a representative example for a country in Sub-Saharan Africa with high endemicity for malaria and is here portrayed, its health system characterised and discussed under socioeconomic aspects. More than half of this country’s population live in absolute poverty. The burden that malaria, especially treatment cost, poses on these people cannot be under-estimated. A retrospective study of case files from the university pediatric hospital in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, shows that the case load is huge, and especially the specific diagnosis of severe malaria is difficult to apply in the hospital’s daily routine. Treatment policy as proposed by WHO is not satisfactorily implemented neither in home treatment nor in health services, as data for pretreatment clearly show. In the face of growing resistance in malaria parasites, pharmacological combination therapies are important. Artemisinins currently are the last resort of malaria therapy. As I show with homology models, even this golden bullet is not beyond resistance development. Inconsidered mass use has rendered other drugs virtually useless before. Artemisinins should thus be protected similar to reserve antibiotics against multi-resistant bacteria. There is accumulating evidence that MB is an effective drug against malaria. Here the biological effects of both MB alone and in combination therapy is explored via modeling and experimental data. Several different lines of MB attack on Plasmodium redox defense were identified by analysis of the network effects. Next, CQ resistance based on Pfmdr1 and PfCRT transporters as well as SP resistance were modeled in silico. Further modeling shows that MB has a favorable synergism on antimalarial network effects with these commonly used antimalarial drugs, given their correct application. Also from the economic point of view MB shows great potential : in terms of production price, it can be compared to CQ, which could help to diminuish the costs of malaria treatment to affordable ranges for those most affected and struk by poverty. Malaria control is feasible, but suboptimal diagnosis and treatment are often hindering the achievment of this goal. In order to achieve malaria control, more effort has to be made to implement better adjusted and available primary treatment strategies for uncomplicated malaria that are highly standardised. Unfortunately, campaigns against malaria are chronically underfinanced. In order to maximize the effect of available funds, a cheap treatment option is most important, especially as pharmaceuticals represent the biggest single matter of expense in the fight against malaria

Mots clés  : Malaria ; Methylene blue ; bioinformatic ; developing country ; socioeconomic


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