Paraguay’s Elimination Of Malaria Shows Success Possible Elsewhere With Continued Global Health Investments

Dallas News: It is possible to eradicate malaria, if we remain engaged in global health initiatives
Editorial Board

“…The lesson we draw from Paraguay’s success [eliminating malaria] is that it may seem hopeless at times, but it is actually possible to make headway against diseases that have long vexed vulnerable populations. And that lesson is particularly import to ingrain in our thinking because as the world shrinks with increased global travel, diseases can more easily jump borders and even regions. … Diseases are getting more mobile, and our best protection remains the enormous efforts undertaken by agencies like the CDC, our nation’s research universities and, yes, international partners who engage these diseases in remote locales. It’s valuable, if expensive and often painstakingly slow, work. But in the end, it can also be successful. Thank you, Paraguay, for reminding us that it is possible to imagine a world free of some of the most deadly diseases” (7/16).

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