For those of you that have installed 'Malaria' as a google alert, there is interesting news virtually every day. This week I picked up the great news that Sri Lanka is well under way to eliminate malaria. With 210 thousand cases in 2000 and 1.800 now, the decline is 99.7%. This makes me think back of the first global malaria eradication campaign, when Sri Lanka reduced the number of cases from a few million in the late 1950s to just 17 in 1962. So Sri Lanka is now where it once was. It is hoped that this time round it will be understood that the 'last mile' is the most tedious one and the most costly. But if Sri Lanka succeeds, it will be phenomenal - the scale of the country, the (former) intensity of transmission, the total population covered, etc. Thumbs up for Sri Lanka.
On the African front I picked up the comments in the Lancet about the study conducted in Senegal by Dr. Trape and colleagues - that claimed failure of insecticide-treated bednets. Although the criticisms were hefty, because 'one small village in Senegal cannot be extrapolated to the whole of Africa' (true), it is false to assume that all is in order with the implementation of treated bednets and that we can all rest assured that these will continue to save lives on a large scale. Nearby Benin reported a much more worrying story in EID recently after all.
Kdr resistance in Senegalese mosquitoes, resistance in Benin, all of this shows how important the field of medical entomology is these days. For those of you interested, there is a job opening at the Institut de Pasteur de la Guyane for a medical entomologist. Deadline: July 31st.
Finally, a new article in the MalariaWorld Journal, this time about highland malaria in Ethiopia. Please remember: the MalariaWorld Journal is peer-reviewed (like the Malaria Journal), is fully Open Access (CC-BY) and you publish in it free of charge.
Enjoy this week's MalariaWorld - the MW team.