Self-medication for malaria in sub-Saharan Africa (2)

10 January, 2019

Dear Mr. Chanda,

You observation in what you have notice is quite true. Anecdotally in my Country Zambia any slight ill feeling is associated with Malaria. A person would say travel to his or her village and of course there is s change in everything. When they get back to whence they came a pick up an ill feeling, it is not uncommon to say, 'The water you were drinking have given you the malaria'

That said Zambia is not alone in shortfalls in health care provision, but this should not be a reason why people should abuse the medicines.

Kind Regards

Mulenga Lwansa Ph.D

HIFA profile: Dr. Mulenga is Zambian Pharmacist with over 24 years work experience in 4 different sub-Saharan Countries. He is a strong believer in UHC and Health Information for All. He hosts a radio show on Patient safety which is very well received in the communities. Piloted the first ART in Namibia 2001.Have worked in the Management Sciences for Health, Namibia and the UNDP/GFTAM South Sudan. He posses a Dual MPH/Ph.D Pharmacovigilance, USA and a B.Pharm, USDM. Email: He is a HIFA Country Representative