This was a randomized, controlled trial where children were assigned 1:1 to either a behavioural or psycho-educational treatment. Participants were children aged 1.5 to 4 years. The inclusion criteria were: (a) aged 1.5 to 4 years; (b) admitted with severe malaria necessitating admission and intravenous anti-malarial medication; and, (c) signed informed consent from the caregiver. Severe malaria in this study included: cerebral malaria, severe malarial anaemia, malaria with impaired consciousness (but not in coma or cerebral malaria), and malaria with multiple seizures. The exclusion criteria were: (a) living more than 50 km from the hospital; and, (b) pre-existing developmental delays based on the Ten Questions Questionnaire [11].

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