Blocking Transmission Key In Malaria Fight
Devex: Block transmission
Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More
“…[F]or malaria, the transit between mosquito and man isn’t just a joyride — it’s an essential step in reproduction. By blocking transmission, you isolate the mosquito and interrupt that process. … The classic approach to blocking transmission is to protect people from mosquito bites using bed nets or insecticide sprays. … However, to break the back of transmission, we have to rethink the problem. We must move beyond vilifying the mosquito — and the key may be protecting mosquitoes from humans. … New vaccine approaches target two ‘choke points’ when parasites are at their fewest in number during their complex life cycle: the transitions from mosquito to man, and from man to mosquito. These potential vaccines could effectively hold the line against onward transmission of the parasite, stopping malaria dead in its tracks…” (10/15).