Feb. 10, 2010, 12:04 p.m.
May 29, 2009
A WHO perspective piece in the journal Tropical Medicine and International Health summarizes the outcomes of a recent WHO expert meeting that examined the feasibility of completely eradicating malaria in developing countries. The WHO anticipates that malaria can eventually be completely eradicated in areas such as tropical Africa, where risk is greater, based on the fact that anti-malaria efforts in other countries have been successful at reducing its spread. According to the paper, "Elimination of malaria requires a re-orientation of control activity, moving away from a population-based coverage of interventions, to one based on a program of effective surveillance and response" (Mendis et al., Tropical Medicine and International Health, 5/26).