Sustained Control, Elimination Efforts Needed In Global Malaria Response

Huffington Post: As New Crises Emerge, Let’s Not Let Up on the Old Ones
Pedro L. Alonso, director of the WHO Global Malaria Program

“…When fighting malaria, we first need to understand the context, the biology, the ecological factors, the health systems, and the responses of the parasites in each region of each country. Then, we need to tailor our response to the locale. … But continued progress is threatened. Many parasites are becoming resistant to the medicines, and mosquitoes are becoming resistant to insecticides. We need new prevention and treatment tools, which must be delivered through a robust research and development effort. … This week, WHO is launching the World Malaria Report, an annual publication that tracks global progress in malaria control and elimination. … As health leaders — including many of us here at WHO — rightfully debate how to prepare for the next health crisis that may emerge, we should take pains to ensure that we continue to make progress against the diseases we already know much about” (12/9).