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WHO report on progress against malaria - and vested interests

June 20, 2016 - 13:02 -- William Jobin

WHO recently released a report on the fight against malaria, by Cibulskis et al *. It seems very positive, in fact they claim that the progress is "remarkable". but I find two ironic aspects which are troubling.

Firstly, the authors - mostly Richard Cibulskis and Pedro Alonso - claim "No Vested Interests" - a disclaimer required for most scientific papers. But note that this is an evaluation of the WHO malaria programme by authors who all work for the Programme! What would this report have looked like if the authors worked for agencies not related to WHO?

The Second item that bothers me is their prediction of future progress. They estimate that over $8.7 billion US dollars will be needed annually by 2030 to achieve the WHO goals, yet the funds available are just over $2 billion and declining. Isn't that a bit of a problem? I wish WHO Geneva was much more careful about the numbers they use in their reports.


* Infect Dis Poverty. 2016 Jun 9;5(1):61. doi: 10.1186/s40249-016-0151-8. 'Malaria: Global progress 2000 - 2015 and future challenges