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  • Reply to: Lessons from the failed WHO Blue Nile Health Project   5 hours 53 min ago

    Thanks Steve,
    I appreciate your careful attention to detail.

  • Reply to: Introducing Open Access may not believe it, but its true!   16 hours 41 min ago

    How would such a rewards system be funded? Pretty large aspect to overlook here

  • Reply to: Lessons from the failed WHO Blue Nile Health Project   1 day 11 hours ago

    There are several errors in the papers cited for this interesting summary of a grand effort. For anyone interested, here is a correct bibliography:

    El Gaddal, A.A. 1985. The Blue Nile Health Project: a comprehensive approach to the prevention and control of water-associated diseases in irrigated schemes of the Sudan. Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 88: 47–56.

    Jobin, W. 1999. Dams and Disease. Ecological design and health impacts of large dams, canals and irrigation systems. Routledge. (Also published by CRC Press).

    Nájera, J.A., Koumetsov, R.L. and Delacollette, C. 1998. Malaria epidemics. Detection and control. Forecasting and prevention. WHO/MAL/INF 98.1084.

  • Reply to: Measuring the wrong parameter for evaluating impact of malaria control   2 days 4 hours ago

    No cost for this? which is the ideal method, you would have to do it in several places. Compared with this, death rate in the age group is a quick and dirty method.


  • Reply to: Lessons from the successful national malaria campaign of Italy 1900-1962   1 week 14 hours ago

    Dear Dr. Giancarlo,

    I am so pleased that you did submit your comments, and I apologize for over-emphasizing the role of Mussolini. If you read Snowden's book, he gives proper emphasis to all of those Italian scientists that you mention. I used Mussolini's role in the drainage operation because his name is so well known, and I hoped it would get people's attention.

    Snowden mentioned the three principal groups in Italy who guided the fight against malaria, and in fact devoted an entire chapter to the influence of the 'Rome School' which included the scientists you mentioned.

    Snowden also devoted several pages to the last point you mention - whether the Italian campaign has relevance to Africa. He felt it was relevant, primarily because the Italian success was based on a national and multi-faceted effort, guided by local scientists and governmental groups, whereas the current efforts in Africa such as Roll Back Malaria and the US Malaria Initiative are largely outside groups with very narrow strategies based on temporary mehtods.

    Thank you for your comments, and pardon my poor spelling.