University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Global Health


Sarah Bolander



Purpose: The purpose of this article is to discuss severe malaria along with advancements in its treatment and prevention.

Method: A PubMed online search was conducted for the following: malaria, severe malaria, cerebral malaria, malaria treatment, malaria vaccine.

Results: Instances of malaria are increasing, as is the severity of cases, which has prompted the development and trials of a new vaccine.

Conclusion: Severe malaria is a crucial topic for healthcare providers to be aware of, as it affects so many worldwide. Even if a provider only practices in the U.S., where malaria is not prevalent, it is still important for them to be aware of diseases that affect those in other parts of the world. Patients travel all over, exposing them to the risk of malaria infection, which may not present until they return to the States. It is vital for healthcare providers to be educated on serious diseases that affect those worldwide, even if they are not dealing with them daily. Additionally, providers who may work overseas in areas where malaria is endemic must be aware of how to treat severe cases when a patient walks through the door needing immediate attention.

Key Words: Malaria, Cerebral Malaria, Severe Malaria, Malaria Vaccine


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