Reducing the burden of disease: Communicable and not Communicable
Ensuring the quality of malaria medicines is crucial in working toward malaria control andeventual elimination. Unlike other validated tests that can assess all critical quality attributes,which is the standard for determining the quality of medicines, basic tests are significantlyless expensive, faster, and require less skilled labour; yet, these tests provide reproducibledata and information on several critical quality attributes, such as identity, purity, content,and disintegration. Visual and physical inspection also provides valuable information aboutthe manufacturing and the labelling of medicines, and in many cases this inspection is sufficient to detect counterfeit medicines. The Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) programme has provided technical assistance to Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) countries to implement the use of basic tests as a key screening mechanism to assess the quality of malaria medicines available to patients in decentralized regions.