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World Malaria Day

April 25, 2013 - 07:08 -- Andre Laas

Today, 25 April marks World Malaria Day.

It is a day to reflect back on the progress that has been made in combating malaria around the globe and to contemplate future directions for research and control efforts to curb the impact and spread of this fully preventable and treatable disease that affects millions of lives on a daily basis. Let’s spare a thought for the countless lives that have been lost to this disease, and for the millions of people whose lives are affected at this very moment. May 2013 see more victories than defeats in the global fight against Malaria!

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Submitted by William Jobin on

Thank you for your reminder Andres. This year however, for the first time, there are no editorials or OpEd pieces in major newspapers on World Malaria Day! Why could that be? As Bart points out, the UN ambassador continues to encourage donors, but doesn't do this on World Malaria Day. Why is that?

I fear that the folks in Geneva and Washington DC are realizing they have an African tiger by the tail, and they don't know what to do.

Regarding Ray Chambers, the UN malaria ambassador, we have to be careful to support him in his net-buying efforts, but we also have to give him more accurate data to put out, otherwise donors will not only be fatigued, they will get downright upset with the impossible data he is holding too.

And most important, we need WHO and the US PMI to restore classical control methods to their current recipe of ephemeral drugs, biocides and bednets soaked in biocides. Zanzibar now has mosquitoes resistant to the latest batch of biocides. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to drain some swamps, fill some mosquito-breeding depressions, and start putting screens on houses?

Bill

William Jobin Director of Blue Nile Associates