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  • Reply to: Would anyone please explain why the example below is not being followed.   1 day 17 hours ago

    Dear Anton,

    I share your frustration at the blind march of our global fight against malaria towards irrelevance. There might be several reasons but I think that the main problem is the seductive appeal of gleaming laboratories where research on all sorts of intricate subjects can be comfortably pursued. In your fascination with Dr. Kligler and his success in Mandated Palestine, you should realize that his work in the swamps and agricultural lands of the Holy Land was dirty, dusty and difficult, with little scientific prestige or international acclaim.

    Perhaps we need an Institute for Global Malaria Strategy to give cachet to the idea of attacking malaria with a holistic and enduring approach, such as that of Kligler. That would be a positive way of dealing with our problem. For it seems to me that the people guiding WHO, RBM and the US PMI prefer gleaming labs or hospital wards in which to conduct their efforts. In crude terms, I think that they find much more prestige in wearing a white lab coat than in mucking around mosquito-infested swamps. Research on immunology, new drugs and vaccines has more international cachet in the global scientific community than does field investigations of epidemiology and entomology. It is revealing that in the advisory group set up for the new head of the WHO malaria program in Geneva, there is not one person with African field experience in malaria control. This is not a new trend in WHO, it has been this way for decades. I have also noticed that the people leading our global program pay little attention to history - thus we shall repeat it. So out Institute for Global Malaria Strategy should also teach history.

    We also need to deal with the pernicious influence of Big Pharma, and the vaccine developers who brazenly promote their mythological vaccines. Dr. Pierre Lutgen has recently described the dangers in these chemically oriented approaches, with bed-nets soaked in biocides surrounding sleeping infants. And this is the sum total of WHO efforts at "Vector Control!"

    Many of us have devoted at least a decade in fruitlessly trying to convince the current leaders of our Global Malaria effort about the need to develop a holistic approach. Thus I am somewhat chagrined to admit that I have now developed the cynical view that we will not get donors attention until there has been another collapse of the Global Malaria Program, similar to that in the 1960s when the WHO/USAID GMEP collapsed the first time. Unfortunately repetition of this tragedy is not far off.

    In the meantime I hope to stimulate ecologists and environmental engineers to improve on the holistic approach of your beloved Dr. Kligler - and others like him - to be used after the next GMEP collapse. I regret that I cannot propose a more cheerful approach, unless you can devise a way to establish the Institute for Global Malaria Strategy which looks at the big picture.

    Bill

  • Reply to: Durable Malaria Elimination – You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink   2 days 16 hours ago

    I believe the paper Dr. Skovmand is referring to is Dunkel et al. Sustainable Integrated Malaria Management by Villagers in Collaboration with a Transformed Classroom Using the Holistic Process: Sanambele, Mali, and Montana State University, U.S.A. American Entomologist 59(1):45-55. I'm the director of publications for ESA, the publisher of American Entomologist; if you would like to see a PDF of this paper, feel free to email me at ljunker@entsoc.org. If you have access to American Entomologist, you can view the article online here: http://ae.oxfordjournals.org/content/59/1/45 Thank you for your interest!

  • Reply to: Artemisia annua efficiently cures bilharzia   4 days 6 hours ago

    Thanks to www.malariaworld.org this vital information is now accessible to >8000 readers.
    An avalanche which millions of dollars cannot stop. Money can buy the complacency of African civil servants or pay African guinea pigs for trials with chemical drugs. But the young African doctors and scientists will win the battle with herbal medicine

  • Reply to: Artemisia sieberi and bicarbonate : a revolutionary mixture from Palestine   2 weeks 20 hours ago

    Hello Dr. Pierre Lutgen

    Thank you for informative post will help many researcher in area of Natural products as antimalarial drugs.

    Regards
    Hemant

  • Reply to: Durable Malaria Elimination – You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Hi
    It sounds very interesting, do you have the citation for this publication ?
    Thanks
    Guy