HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Malaria called failure, puzzle and challenge

Malaria, a tropical disease that has been called one of the most complex health problems facing humanity in the 20th century, is at once a failure, a puzzle, and a serious challenge, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

The latest issue of PAHO's Perspectives in Health magazine notes that the fight against malaria to date has been a failure because a worldwide eradication program that began in 1956 subsequently was abandoned, but only after the expenditure of millions of dollars and the efforts of thousands of health workers. Malaria remains a puzzle because researchers have not found a vaccine after 30 years of trying. And malaria presents a challenge because it still infects 300 million people a year in the world, kills over one million of these annually, and leaves millions more sick and debilitated.

Today malaria is transmitted actively in 21 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere. But a new program, Roll Back Malaria seeks to cut deaths from malaria in half by the year 2010, according to Dr. Renato Gusmao, malaria expert for PAHO. The plan aims to reduce malaria incidence by controlling transmission, using community health workers to help diagnose and treat the disease.

PAHO Director Dr. George Alleyne says that "Despite earlier successes in shrinking the disease's geographical boundaries, malaria control today is more difficult than ever. Much of the increased risk is linked to changes in land use, such as road-building, mining, logging, agricultural and irrigation projects, particularly in frontier areas such as the Amazon."

In a column for the magazine, Dr. Alleyne notes that the Roll Back malaria initiative "proposes nothing less than a major assault on the disease, backed by a unified political commitment" that requires the contribution of "families; schools; businesses; the health, environmental, water supply and sanitation sectors" and all those whose activities directly or indirectly affect the m
'"/>

Contact: Daniel Epstein
epsteind@paho.org
202-974-3459
Pan American Health Organization
21-Jun-1999


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. GenVec, U.S. NMRC, and PATHs Malaria Vaccine Initiative partner to expand malaria vaccine efforts
2. Malaria rise in Africa parallels warming trends
3. Pan-African Malaria Conference November 17-22 in Arusha, Tanzania
4. Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Secretariat to move to Sweden
5. Malaria research and training benefits global community
6. Multicomponent Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Laboratory Tests
7. Christmas Travellers Are Warned Of Malaria Risks
8. Genetic Code Of Chromosome Of Malaria Parasite Deciphered
9. Virginia Tech Scientist Seek Genetic Solution To Malaria
10. Severe Falciparum Malaria Increases In Honduras
11. Curing Malaria, Controlling Mosquitoes Symposium Set For AAAS Meeting

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Malaria called failure puzzle and challenge

(Date:3/26/2015)... , March 26, 2015 ... family, social, recreation and athletic club, today announced it ... to allow freedom of movement for members and staff, ... "Following a comprehensive process, we selected FST,s IMID Access ... and convenience for our members and staff, in addition ...
(Date:3/24/2015)... 2015   NexID Biometrics LLC, whose spoof-mitigation ... today announced the beginning of shipments of version 2.0 ... The company, based in Potsdam, N.Y. ... Expo, which began here today at the Walter E. ... of its SDK boosts the accuracy rate range to ...
(Date:3/23/2015)... 23, 2015   HOYOS Labs , a leading ... announced that the Company will demonstrate multiple biometrics-based technologies ... consumers at Connect:ID on March 23 through 25, 2015, ... will highlight the IEEE Biometric Open Protocol Standard; free ... enterprise access control system. BOPS was invented by HOYOS ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Granite Club First Private Club in North America to Implement FST Biometrics Secure Access Solution, as Part of Multi-million Dollar Expansion 2NexID Begins Shipments Of Version 2.0 Fake-Finger-Detection Solution 2HOYOS Labs to Showcase Host of Biometrics Technologies at Connect:ID in Washington, D.C. 2HOYOS Labs to Showcase Host of Biometrics Technologies at Connect:ID in Washington, D.C. 3
(Date:4/1/2015)... National recruitment firm Slone Partners is ... Head of Sales at Optimal Medicine, an international digital ... Allen brings over 20 years experience in healthcare information ... companies including Dell Services Healthcare, Medsphere Systems and McKesson. ... fit for accomplishing the goals Optimal Medicine had for ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... March 31, 2015 CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ ... blood purification to treat critically-ill and cardiac surgery ... summary and reports financial results for the fiscal ... 2014 CytoSorb® product revenues were a record $3.1M, ... 2013 CytoSorb® revenues of $0.8M Highlights for the ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... VANCOUVER , March 31, 2015  /PRNewswire/ ... announced today that it has filed with the Food ... New Drug ("IND") application related to the Company,s proposed ... of the IND application is required in order for ... US.  The IND application is a ...
(Date:3/31/2015)... , March 31, 2015 Materials ... ,   June 30 2015   ... information products and services and publishing home of Materials ... has launched the Materials in Society  Lecture Series ... the 8 th International Conference on Materials for ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Slone Partners Fills Head of Sales at Optimal Medicine 2CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 2CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 3CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 4CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 5CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 6CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 7CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 8CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 9CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 10CytoSorbents Reports Record 2014 Revenue 11ESSA Pharma Inc. Announces Filing of Investigational New Drug Application for EPI-506 2ESSA Pharma Inc. Announces Filing of Investigational New Drug Application for EPI-506 3ESSA Pharma Inc. Announces Filing of Investigational New Drug Application for EPI-506 4Elsevier Materials Science Council Introduces the Materials in Society Lecture Series at the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT) 2Elsevier Materials Science Council Introduces the Materials in Society Lecture Series at the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT) 3
Cached News: