Technical Director Reflects On Malaria Consortium’s Decade Of Disease Control

The Guardian: Malaria Consortium reflects on a decade in disease control
Sylvia Meek, technical director of Malaria Consortium

“…We didn’t want to start up an organization just to duplicate what others were doing, but instead to fill a gap we had found. We felt impatient sometimes at what we felt were often over-theoretical debates: the debate, for example, over the merits of investing in malaria control versus health systems strengthening. We saw the importance of staying practical and continuously testing and improving service delivery. Malaria control needs strong health systems, and health systems need to serve a purpose. The weakest points in health systems are often where two elements collide and we aimed to bridge these points between research and implementation, facility and community, public and private…” (2/19).

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