Strains of malaria resistant to two key anti-malarial medicines are becoming more dominant in Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand after spreading rapidly from Cambodia, scientists warned on Monday.
Asia Pacific has made broad progress against malaria, but the gains are fragile. Without intervention, the massive trade in fake or substandard medicines throughout the region puts a malaria-free future at risk, write Benjamin Rolfe and Lelio Marmora.
This week the Asia-Pacific region is joining the rest of the world to raise awareness about the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in humans, animals and agriculture.
Philippine President Duterte targets fake over-the-counter medicines to try to stem the spread of counterfeit paracetamol.