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An average child will suffer five or six episodes of malaria every year. Paying for treatment and transportation costs can be quite difficult for parents. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that the most widely used and affordable antimalarial drug, chloroquine, is increasingly ineffective. In many countries, it no longer works due to increasing drug resistance. The latest alternative – a combination antimalaria drug – costs as much as US $2.40 per course of treatment. UNICEF hopes that the private sector will make drugs available at a cheaper price.