AMFm should continue, improvements should be explored

Published on November 22, 2012 at 6:40 AM · No Comments

The "grand experiment" of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) -- a pilot program that aims to get artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) into rural areas of several African nations -- "seems likely to end, its successes underrated and potential improvements not yet explored," a Nature editorial says. In October, "an independent evaluation found that it had performed remarkably well on the main benchmarks of success, increasing the number of outlets stocking ACTs and lowering prices," but last week "the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria decided to end the AMFm as a stand-alone program, by integrating it into the fund's core system for awarding malaria-control grants to countries," the editorial notes, adding, "This integration probably spells the end for AMFm, because there will be no new money for the program after the end of next year."

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