Support Increasing For Population-Based Malaria Prevention Strategy But More Guidance Needed
New York Times: How to Beat Malaria, Once and for All
François Nosten, professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford and director of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit
“…In pilot studies in Cambodia, Vietnam and here on the Thai-Myanmar border, we have begun testing one approach to rapid [malaria] elimination. … [E]liminating the parasites may require treating everybody in the village, an approach that is used for other parasitic diseases, like river blindness and filariasis. Because P. falciparum infects only humans, if we can treat entire populations, we should be able to eliminate this parasite from certain regions. … Some funding bodies — like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and Britain’s Department for International Development, which also support our research unit — are moving in this direction already. But for now, governments and medical organizations need more evidence, and they need leadership from the WHO…” (6/7).