Eliminating Malaria In Asia Requires Political, Therapeutic Breakthroughs
The Nation: Killer on the loose again as malaria menaces Asia
Patricia Moser, lead health specialist at the Asian Development Bank, and Ben Rolfe, deputy executive secretary at the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance
“…[A]dvances [in malaria treatment and prevention in Asia] are now threatened by a worrying re-emergence of resistance to pesticides and drugs, particularly in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Malaria is on the move again and decisive steps must be taken before time runs out for Mekong countries, the rest of Asia, and the world. … Eliminating malaria demands bold action well beyond health services, with strong commitment at the highest levels of government. The region’s countries have the capacity to pursue an elimination goal. To reach it, they will need to prioritize the disease and act together. … The region can beat malaria again. But this will take political breakthroughs, as well as therapeutic ones” (10/10).