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Last Week at MalariaWorld: La Bonifica Integrale - Mussolini's war on malaria

March 19, 2015 - 19:20 -- Ingeborg van Schayk

Benito Mussolini was an Italian fascist dictator between 1922 and 1943. His quest to bring Roman glory to Italy brought his country war and misery. This is how we know him from the history books. What is less known is how Mussolini took important steps in the fight against malaria in Italy. Bill Jobin shares with us an interesting story about Mussolini's efforts to control malaria. Read Lessons from the successful national malaria campaign of Italy 1900-1962 here. An amazing story for sure.

"The Pontine Marshes for centuries had been a malarial dead zone until Mussolini transformed the region into “smiling fields” with enormous pumps, ten thousand miles of irrigation canals and ditches, and other reclamation efforts. As the Allied armies neared Rome, German demolitionists flooded 100,000 acres of farmland to make the area both impassable and hospitable to malaria-carrying mosquitoes." (The Liberation Trilogy: the epic story of the liberation of Europe in World War II).

Then MESA has announced a job vacany for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Duke Global Health Institute to be based in Eldoret, Kenya. Read all about the position Postdoctoral Fellowship in Malaria and Implementation Research here.

And last APMEN (the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network) has announced that the Republic of India joined the APMEN as a Country Partner in 2015. Read the story APMEN welcomes India as newest partner here.

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Submitted by jobin (not verified) on

Thanks Inga,
Your Italian is much better than mine.