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Eliminating Malaria Deaths Requires Focusing Attention On Rapid Diagnosis, Effective Treatment

Huffington Post: While Working to Eradicate Malaria, Let’s Eliminate Malaria Deaths
Terrie E. Taylor, professor and malaria researcher at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Last week, there was a glimmer of hope for everyone that suffers from malaria: the world’s first-ever malaria vaccine received a green light from European authorities. … While RTS,S does provide hope for a tomorrow without malaria, we cannot be lulled into complacency — this is not a panacea for malaria. … The elimination of malaria deaths (before we manage to eliminate the parasite) could be pursued by combining two existent strategies: prompt diagnosis and effective treatment. This would prevent most early infections from progressing to life-threatening disease. … It will take time, perhaps a long time, to eradicate this nefarious, tenacious foe. In the meantime, we should be encouraged by recent breakthroughs — but we need to continue focusing attention and resources on saving lives through rapid diagnosis and prompt effective treatment…” (7/28).