Benn CS and P Aaby. 2012. Does IPTi decrease malaria morbidity but not mortality? The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 30 July.
Christine Stabell Benn and Peter Aaby have written a provoking editorial about the rationale for providing intermittent preventive treatment against malaria in infancy (IPTi) together with vaccines. WHO currently recommends IPTi, however, though IPTi reduces the incidence of malaria and though it reduces mortality in older children, it is assocated with no or even increased mortality risk when provided with vaccinesin infancy. Christine and Peter argue that more studies are needed to evaluate the overall impact of IPTi on child health; we need overall mortality data — and not only disease-specific data — to ensure that global health interventions are indeed contributing towards MDG4.

Last revised 15 January 2013