Boosting the impact of seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) through simultaneous screening and treatment of household members of children receiving SMC in Burkina Faso: a protocol for a randomized open label trial.

27 Jan 2022
Sondo P, Tahita MC, Ilboudo H, Rouamba T, Derra K, Tougri G, Ouédraogo F, Konseibo BMA, Roamba E, Otienoburu SD, Kaboré B, Kennon K, Ouédraogo K, Zongo WAR, Bocoum FY, Stepniewska K, Dhorda M, Guérin PJ, Tinto H
Plasmodium falciparum malaria remains a major public health concern in sub-Sahara Africa. Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) with amodiaquine + sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine is one of the most important preventive interventions. Despite its implementation, the burden of malaria is still very high in children under five years old in Burkina Faso, suggesting that the expected impact of this promising strategy might not be attained. Development of innovative strategies to improve the efficacy of these existing malaria control measures is essential. In such context, we postulate that screening and treatment of malaria in household members of children receiving SMC could greatly improve the impact of SMC intervention and reduce malaria transmission in endemic settings.