I was asked by a friend, who is not a malaria scientist (in fact, not a scientist at all) to imagine the following situation:
You were chosen by a malaria endemic country to direct their fight against the disease. The government of the country tells you they will adopt three strategies to fight it, solely based on your recommendations. What would those be?
I spent the next 15 min explaining i needed more information on where the country was, what type of vector was predominant, what plasmodium species circulated, what the geography was like, what type of health system was in place, what type of NGO and supply chains were on the ground already, if the country was at war, if there was a lot of migration, what the neighbouring countries situation was like, what were the population's perceptions of malaria and how they fought it until now, rates of other diseases...
He got very frustrated, and I understand him... But what would you have done? How do you begin to explain to someone who knows nothing that there is no magic bullet solution that fits every scenario? Or do you have an idea that would fit the 'magic bullet profile'?