Rectal artesunate training materials and tool kit

WHO Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria include the use of rectal artesunate (RAS) for pre-referral intervention for severe malaria. As National Malaria Programmes across Africa begin to introduce RAS in their malaria management strategy, it is important that healthcare providers (mainly community health workers) posted in remote rural community settings, understand how to administer the product. These training materials were developed to illustrate, step-by-step, the correct use of RAS.

Health workers in Malawi and Senegal were interviewed to evaluate the ease of user understanding of these materials. Revised versions that incorporated lessons learned were tested daily in-situ over two weeks, to ensure that the final training materials meet the needs of health personnel who are often  the first point of contact in the healthcare system for patients with severe malaria. This project was carried out with collaboration from MMV, WHO GMP, Save the Children, IFRC, MSF and Malaria Consortium.

Read the full field testing reports for Senegal and Malawi.

We welcome feedback from local agencies, community health workers and other users on this tool kit. Please contact us with your comments

Rectal artesunate user guide and job aid - English

User guide

Job aid (poster)

Rectal artesunate user guide and job aid - French

Guide d'utilisation

Aide-mémoire (poster)

Rectal artesunate user guide and job aid - Portuguese

Guia do usuário

Norma de utilização (cartaz/póster)

WHO training manual

WHO Pre-referral artesunate treatment of childhood malaria in the community training manual for community health workers

Integrated Management of Childhood Illness: distance learning course

Traitement pré-transfert par l’artésunate rectal dans le paludisme infantile : manuel de formation pour les agents de santé communautaire 

WHO Video: Preventing malaria deaths with an artesunate suppository

View the video in English (file download from WHO website - 550KB)