In her excellent recent book "The fever" and in at least one newspaper interview, Sonia Shah has queried whether it will be possible truly to eliminate (a polite synonym for 'eradicate') malaria.
The current generous outpouring of funds on a previously unimaginable scale, in my humble opinion too will never achieve this goal, novel drugs, mosquito nets, vaccines notwithstanding, until adequate weight is brought to bear on the one factor that Macdonald and his colleagues omitted from the ingenious epidemiological formula that it was believed would underpin the road to global freedom from this family of diseases.
This factor was not the possible role that zoonotic malaria might remain as a reservoir for reinfection, but the role of human behaviour. Nothing I have experienced in over half a century of personal involvement in the struggle against malaria has shaken my belief in this problem.
I was interested to see that at least one other malariologist, William Jobin whose book was recently reviewed here, shares this view.