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Palestine, Malaria and The last large-scale cavalry charge of WW1 in 1918

March 21, 2016 - 21:09 -- Anton Alexander

See Allenby's cavalry charge .
This extreme example is useful for those who wish to see the difference between durable malaria elimination and a temporary practical intervention in what was referred to as one of the most malarious countries in the world.
The example shows a short-term solution, it worked, it was effective but only for the intended purpose, and when the first rains came, the elimination works were washed out. The authorities commented it was impossible or impractical to repeat most of them. However, two years later, the 'father' of durable malaria elimination, Dr I Kligler, came to settle in Palestine and demonstrated in 1925 to the malaria experts of the day, who had come from Europe and the USA to inspect, how to implement durable elimination (and in the same 'hopeless' area as in the example above). It is uncertain either how much or what of Kligler's methods these experts took away with them and then applied successfully in their respective home countries in Europe. However, Kligler's elimination endured, and which is why the world malaria map in 1970 looked like this:


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In fact, Palestine became the place in 1922 for the first start of a successful (ie durable) national malaria eradication campaign anywhere in the world. Kliger's unique contribution was to stress the need for real individual education of the population, to ensure the population understood the reason for it's involvement and of the continued emphasis on maintenance of the antimalaria works.