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June 27 2013

Malaria eradication : is it possible ? Is it worth it ? Should we do it ? : The Lancet Global Health

#Malaria #eradication: is it possible? Is it worth it? Should we do it? : The Lancet Global Health
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(13)70002-0/fulltext?rss=yes

Should we eradicate malaria? Yes, because the alternative policies are untenable. If the world is not going to commit to progressive elimination leading to eventual global eradication, what is it going to commit to? Imagine a world in which the goal was merely to control malaria—ie, reduce it to a level at which it is no longer a major public health problem. In countries with good malaria control, pockets of malaria will be left in poor and marginalised populations, whereas in other regions, like the humid tropics of Africa, control programmes will struggle to keep malaria cases and deaths low. The remaining parasite reservoirs are likely to become drug-resistant and the local vectors insecticide-resistant. These enduring pockets will be the source of malaria that is introduced into receptive, malaria-free areas elsewhere.

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