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  • Reply to: Spam: 'We invite you to submit an article to our Open Access journal'   5 days 6 hours ago

    1) Until the world creates a way of subsidising the work of editors, they need to be recompensed.

    2) Free publication, free access is obviously ideal.

    3) These new journals are meeting the demand to get published, which is a metric that must change before the demand will reduce.

    4) Don't blame the journal if they're at least got some standards, and aren't price gouging.

    Ben

  • Reply to: How was malaria of 100 years ago eradicated in Palestine/Israel? And without vaccine?   1 week 6 hours ago

    For Isaac:
    Kligler used simple drainage and filling of mosquito breeding sites as a quick and permanent way to suppress malaria transmission, as Anton Alexander has explained in his article on Kligler in Palestine. These are simple engineering methods available everywhere. They are known under the general title of Larval Source Management, or LSM.

    In addition permanent improvements in housing, including metallic screens on doors and windows, and covering of gaps in walls and ceilings will keep anophelines out of houses, and thus prevent biting of sleeping people, and transmission of malaria.

    Small electric fans or at least good cross ventilation also disrupts the hunting and feeding activities of the female anophelines.

    These methods were successfully used in the USA prior to World War Two, and have been documented extensively in the book 'Control of malaria on impounded waters' US govt printing office in 1947. Please find engineering and architectural colleagues in Zambia to help you and entomologists develop these permanent methods.

    And more recently, larval source management methods of several kinds have been used successfully in Tanzania by Fillinger, and also by Marcia de Castro. In this effort they used improved drainage, and also biological agents to kill mosquito larvae.

    See this article in the Malaria Journal of 2011; volume 10:page 338.
    Published online 2011 Nov 8. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-10-338
    title:
    Large-scale use of mosquito larval source management for malaria control in Africa: a cost analysis
    by Eve Worrall and Ulrike Fillinger

    Look up these articles on the web, or get help from friends in the Ministry of Health or local universities to find them, based on the references I cited above.

    Good Luck.

    Bill Jobin
    email at blue.nile@earthlink.net

  • Reply to: How was malaria of 100 years ago eradicated in Palestine/Israel? And without vaccine?   1 week 5 days ago

    Thank you for the article and links. Here in Zambia Africa malaria is still a pandemic and number 1 killer. Bednets end up as fishing nets. Education funding is low. Household proactive prevention is ignored. I'd like to champion some of your strategies as an anti malaria activist.

  • Reply to: An updated research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication is coming soon!   2 weeks 12 hours ago

    It is a shame that certain novices in the field still advocate eradication of malaria. There is no practical reason to do so, it would be a waste of public health resources. But we can all suppress malaria to a point where it is not a significant problem. We have already done that in many places.
    Bill (just trying to be realistic)

  • Reply to: An updated research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication is coming soon!   2 weeks 12 hours ago

    While certain novices propose eradication of malaria, there are few practical reasons to support it. A much more practical and realistic approach is to suppress malaria. The obstacles in the face of eradication could make a long list.
    Bill Jobin