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Local Malaria Elimination: A Historical Perspective from Palestine 100 Years Ago Informs the Current Way Forward in Sub-Saharan Africa

March 20, 2018 - 14:26 -- Open Access
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Anton Alexander, Florence V Dunkel
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American Entomologist, Volume 63, Issue 4, 12 December 2017, Pages E1–E14

According to World Health Organization statistics, malaria kills more people in 10 days than Ebola has in recorded history.

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Enthusiasm alone was insufficient to defeat malaria in Palestine 100 years ago. It required organisation and firm direction.

October 10, 2012 - 11:12 -- Anton Alexander

On 18th September 2009, Bart Knols submitted an article ‘Eradication, elimination, and control: Knowing the past of malaria.’  He wrote that malaria elimination requires a change of approach and a different way of thinking. Community ‘soft’ approaches will give you control, not elimination, and he pointed at historical successes in eliminating malaria which were based on rigorous military-style organised campaigns.

How was malaria of 100 years ago eradicated in Palestine/Israel? And without vaccine?

May 21, 2012 - 09:55 -- Anton Alexander

How was malaria of 100 years ago eradicated in Palestine/Israel? And without vaccine?

The desperate state of the Holy Land 100 years ago may be appreciated upon reading the following:

"I have referred to the question of heat as one too often forgotten, but there are at the present time still great dangers in this semi-tropical region. Palestine suffers severely from that great scourge of the tropics - malaria .............

After reading this, is there any reason (other than lack of will to do so) why malaria has not now been eliminated from Africa?

April 17, 2012 - 18:23 -- Anton Alexander

90 years ago, Palestine was deemed by the British Mandate to be almost "hopeless from the malarial standpoint". Much of the area was uninhabitable.




"Malaria stands out as by far the most important disease in Palestine.
For centuries is has decimated the population and it is an effective

Guest Editorial: Malaria in Palestine, a lesson for all of us.

February 18, 2012 - 15:59 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This Guest Editorial was written by Anton Alexander (retired solicitor, UK), based on an online presentation about Palestine and how it freed itself from malaria. No doubt of interest to those studying the history of malaria, but equally important for those that are criticial about malaria elimination. 

"Sadly, malaria is often treated by the media in many western countries as a fashion item - it goes quiet and out of fashion, then returns as a topic that is newsworthy, and then quiet again. Many pay lip-service to the destructive and dangerous consequences of the disease. Others treat it as something to which they do not relate, or as something only in far distant places, or it occurs only to other people, and it doesn't impinge on their comfortable lifestyles. It may be that if the western world honestly took malaria seriously, with a priority given to funding malaria eradication and research, we may be that much closer to the discovery of that 'silver bullet' to attack and rid the world of this dreadful disease.
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