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