Optimism about Malaria Eradication
We have taken an interest in optimism in optimism about malaria eradication. Have a look at the Blog we prepared in the lead-up the World Malaria Congress (https://malariaoptimism.blogspot.com/). Some of the extracts below come from that research.
Professor Brendan Crabb: The Case for Optimism
"As we reflect on the increasing involvement of industry in the fight against malaria, we maintain that pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies’ critical contributions of assets and know-how are cause for optimism and the most exciting advance towards malaria elimination. With industry on our side, we have one of the strongest allies in the fight against malaria."
"Despite recent setbacks in efforts to eliminate malaria globally by 2030, experts are optimistic that the mosquito-borne disease could be wiped out from the surface of the Earth sooner than later."
Dr Leanne Robinson's Case for Optimism
Malaria: The Case for Optimism - Professor James Beeson
Dr Fe Esperanza Caridad Espin, Director of Research Support and Country Engagement for the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN).
We asked "Why are you optimistic that we can eradicate malaria?"
Effie Espino: "I am optimistic as I see increased resources and commitment available. More countries have eliminated malaria and continue to do so. Eliminating malaria requires ingenuity in national program implementation, innovative health technologies – such as new medicines and insecticides – and approaches that unite diverse sectors and national efforts."
Ida Savadogo, Global Fund Francophone Africa Regional Platform Project officer
I'm optimistic that we can eradicate malaria because of the global action to eradicate this illness. In West Africa, we have actions like the impregnated mosquito net distribution campaign which consist of distributing free mosquito nets to the population. This action has reduced the burden and incidence of malaria in the region.
Bill Gates, Philanthropist
"Based on the progress I’m seeing in the lab and on the ground, I believe we’re now in a position to eradicate malaria—that is, wipe it out completely in every country—within a generation. This is one of the greatest opportunities the global health world has ever had. Melinda and I are so optimistic about it that we recently decided to increase our foundation’s malaria budget by 30 percent...
we have tools today we’ve never had before—not everything we will need to achieve eradication, but more than we’ve ever had. Here are two of the recent innovations that fuel my optimism:
Just as important as any specific innovation, our team has converged on an eradication strategy that will make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. That strategy has three components: Complete Detection, Complete Cure, and Complete Prevention.
Bernice Ogolo, Department of Parasitology and Entomology of Nigeria's Nnamdi Azikiwe University,
Victor Perton asked, "Why are you optimistic that we can eradicate malaria?"
Bernice Ogolo: "I am optimistic that we can eradicate malaria because malaria is not only treatable but also curable. With the Rapid Diagnostic tool, health workers with little training can determine in minutes with accuracy whether someone has malaria or not and treat accordingly so that the parasites will clear from the blood, thus preventing transmission. The use of these strategies as follows: complete detection (where the health worker will be able to find all people with the parasite in their blood regardless of whether they are showing symptoms, complete cure (using treatments that clear all malaria parasites from the body complete prevention (reducing opportunities for mosquitoes to pass the parasite to humans and preventing the emergence of strains that resist drugs and insecticides and the development of vaccines and community involvement will facilitate eradication. Since smallpox was eradicated, I am optimistic that with the new approaches to prevention, treatment, vaccine development. learning from the past and building on the new approaches and interventions, malaria can be eradicated. "
Nancy Stephen Matowo: Over the last few years, most of the tropical countries suffering under the malaria epidemic have joined their efforts to control and eliminate malaria and collaborated. One of the most inspiring successful examples is malaria elimination in Sri Lanka.
The ecological setting, environment and social-economic conditions of Sri Lanka are similar to Tanzania, a developing country in East Africa where I come from.
I am optimistic that with similar efforts, including the exchange of research outcomes and learning from the success stories, maximize the use of local resources and involving local communities, will eliminate malaria from Tanzania and Africa.
Lucy Nyame, AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Malaria Control Ltd.
We asked, "Why are you optimistic that we can eradicate malaria?"
Lucy Nyame: We are very optimistic that we can eradicate malaria because there has been a huge scale-up of resources and brainpower focused on malaria elimination through:
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