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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.

Thank you for participating.

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    Jun 12 2012: > the economic crisis is affecting malaria control negatively
    > Last year there were 60 cases of malaria in Greece...

    ...which seems to prove the point. What stuns me the most, in problems like this, is the disproportion between the cost of solutions and the cost of not implementing them. The entire world could be freed from Malaria with less then 1% of Greece public debt, then we all could start to rip the low-hanging fruits of having healthy and productive people. Yet (we collectively behave like) we don't care...
    Thanks for your answers, Bart!
    Michele
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      Jun 12 2012: Such a nice comment - I could not agree more with you. Malaria is costing Africa some 12 billion $ per year...so think about the return on investment once you would get rid of it...it would be massive. But what that means is that you have to cough up the money to run such a campaign first...and that is where the world sets its mind on other priorities (like fighting wars...how much are we spending on that each year?).

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