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Bart Knols

Managing Director, In2Care BV

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Join now: What is really needed to have a world without malaria? Live Conversation with Bart Knols

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: One more thing... what are your thoughts on malaria reports creeping up northwardly? I know we have the vectors in the US (I’m an American living in Belgium) but yet malaria was eradicated years ago from our southern coastline if my memory of past med entomology coursework is correct... it’s been a while though so correct me if I’m wrong. Do you think Europe and US will see malaria resurgence? If so any thoughts on the reasoning?
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      Jun 12 2012: Well, we have had quite a few cases in Greece last year, and Spain saw local malaria transmission for the first tie in 50 years. Globalisation and perhaps climate change will influence malaria - yet I do not see this happening soon. The US has had some 60 small outbreaks in the last 50 years, and all of these were eliiminated...

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