Traditional and Modern Medicine Merge to Save Lives

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Science  20 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5491, pp. 432
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5491.432

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BANDIAGARA, MALI-- Before the Bandiagara Malaria Project began, parents did not consult the local doctor but rather the traditional healers when a child developed cerebral malaria. So the researchers proposed a plan: When parents brought their children to the traditional healers, the healers would refer the children to the researchers for treatment with intravenous quinine and pyrimethamine-sulfadoxine, better known as Fansidar.