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Table 3 Solutions to improve adherence to PQ

From: Quantifying primaquine effectiveness and improving adherence: a round table discussion of the APMEN Vivax Working Group

Main problem

Suitable interventions

Low patients adherence to PQ

Increase awareness among the general patient population about the benefits or radical cure through education and health promotion programs (health talks) and individual patients counseling

Increased patient monitoring integrated into other disease programs, through home visits, incentives, pill boxes or automated reminders via text messages

Packaging aids including pictorial inserts

Better PQ formulations for children

Low provider adherence to PQ

Better staff training to increase awareness among staff about the benefits or radical cure and how to discuss these with patients

Involvement of private sector in adherence monitoring. Improved access to quality drugs