Contradictory arguments regarding the benefits and harm of insecticides, especially DDT, have caused concerns in different societal circles, threatening to undermine the achievements of the indoor residual spraying (IRS) programme in South Africa. These concerns were exacerbated by the screening of a documentary on South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Television with anti-DDT sentiments.
Tracking malaria resistance is imperative if it is to be prevented, say scientists who have been genotyping the parasites, while former Global Fund head Sir Richard Feachem talks of the malaria "end-game" in which adult men become more vulnerable than the under-5s
World Malaria Day this last week has brought a flood of stories. One of the more interesting concerns a scientific detective hunt in Cambodia, to find much-needed clues to the development of resistance in the malaria parasite to the life-saving artimisinin drugs which are key to continuing progress against the disease.
At a donor conference on April 9-10 in Brussels, Belgium, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria presented a compelling case for funding the organisation to not only tackle these diseases but also to accelerate gains against them. The message was simple-increased funding now could dramatically alter the course of these diseases, and eventually bring them under control thanks to recent advances in science, falling treatment costs, and implementation know-how.
After service in the British SAS Regiment the author became a physician and then an orthopaedic surgeon.
He has held professorial positions in Canada, Vietnam and the United States, practiced and taught orthopaedic surgery in three continents and in several wars.
He has extensive experience as an expert witness in court. Somewhere along the way, time was found to operate a four hundred acre mixed farm, a one hundred seat restaurant and to obtain a licence as a flying instructor.
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