While the malaria death count in Cambodia dropped to just one case in 2016, a new threat to the race against the disease arises in south-eastern Asia: superbugs. A superbug is a drug-resistant, human-killing parasite that modern medicine struggles to combat.
Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar.
Traveller, there is no road. We make the road by walking.
Antonio Machado (1875-1939)
By George Jagoe
In 2011, RBM revised one of its key objectives for the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP): it called for reducing “global malaria deaths to near zero by end 2015”. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Robert Newman, Director of WHO’s Global Malaria Programme commented: “Reducing malaria deaths to near-zero is the right goal, a goal that we need to make every conceivable effort to achieve. But, let us be clear, it is also a wildly ambitious goal.” (1)