In my country, The Netherlands, we celebrated this week that we regained our freedom at the end of the second world war on the 5th of May 1945. In the media there was a lot of talk about freedom and its meaning. These days, when most of us are working from home and missing out on social contact with family and friends, we experience limited freedom though be it in a different context. And it is freedom that we need to combat malaria. We will not win the war on malaria whilst we are locked-up at home or stuck behind a desk. We need the freedom to move around, talk to people and be out 'in the field'. I am really looking forward to the day that we can 'breathe' without a face mask, that we can sit together without the fear of contamination, and that we can say "let's get on with it, we have another war to win". On that day I will raise the flag and treasure the freedom that will help us in the fight against malaria.
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Examining the one-two punch of malaria drugs
AAAS, 5 May 2021
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ScienceDaily, 3 May 2021
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