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Bart Knols

Managing Director, In2Care BV

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More than 800 million people currently live in parts of the world where they used to run the risk of contracting malaria. Its disappearance in more than 70 countries shows us one thing: it can be done...

The question then arises why we fail to repeat these successes in major parts of the tropics, notably sub-Saharan Africa. Although we have seen a decline in deaths starting in 2005, we're still looking at anywhere between 0.7 - 1.2 million deaths per year.

In this debate, we have the opportunity to discuss the 'why' of this problem, but also the 'how' and 'what' regarding possible solutions. I would encourage you to come forward with innovative and creative ideas that may provide new insight.

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  • Jun 12 2012: What has been the most significant on-the-ground programme that you have seen in Afirca to eradicate malaria? Is there a country or community that stands out for its continued efforts and why?
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      Jun 12 2012: Egypt eliminated its malaria problem between 1943 and 1945, during WWII. It was run along the Nile with a huge number of people treating breeding sites with insecticide (Paris green) and spraying houses with DDT. Chloroquine was used to treat patients - it worked and the country has remained free of malaria since.
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        Jun 12 2012: What were the human health consequences from this action? Long or short term?
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          Jun 12 2012: That Egypt has been free of the malaria scourge for all the decades...in terms of the impact of the action itself, well, the generation that lived than is no longer with us... But remember that DDT was used on an enormous scale in the US in the 1950s, and we have not seen a massive increase in cancer or other ailments because of that...

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