WHO World Malaria Report 2012

By Sophie Beauvais | 19 Dec, 2012

The World Malaria Report 2012 summarizes information received from 104 malaria-endemic countries and other sources, and updates the analyses presented in the 2011 report. It highlights the progress made towards the global malaria targets set for 2015 and describes current challenges for global malaria control and elimination.
Some issues highlighted:
- artemisin resistance in four countries: Cambodia, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Thailand and Vietnam.
- Funding leveling
- Leveling of interventions like bednets and insecticides spraying

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William Jobin Replied at 7:40 AM, 20 Dec 2012

Their 2012 Annual Report is a very disturbing report from WHO, for at least two reasons:
1. Their program is gradually falling apart, and they offer no way to refocus, no strategy for dealing with the loss in funding, nor the brick wall of drug and biocide resistance which is just down the road. There is a label for people who keep doing the same thing, but expect different results. Do you remember what it is?
2. Because the entire top management of WHO consists of physicians, they have no idea of the opportunities they are missing for additional funding and for additional methods to add to their chemically-oriented strategy. For instance, if they joined with the African Development Bank and the World Bank, they could tap into a huge source of financial support for designing and building out malaria transmission around all new water projects in Africa. This could include improved irrigation and drainage designs, and also clever design and operation of new hydroelectric dams and reservoirs, including safe housing for resettled populations.
I am not sure WHO has much of a future, nor does the UN system itself, after their failure to prevent the wars in Libya and Syria. But as long as the UN and WHO continue to operate, they must refocus their approach to face the reality of a rapidly declining budget from UN sources. Instead, I see them just re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Pessimistic Bill

William Jobin, Sc.D.
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Manuel Lluberas Replied at 10:43 AM, 20 Dec 2012

As much as I would like to disagree with Bill, I find it difficult. Not only do they seem to have blinders when it comes to public health issues, they seem to have closed themselves to any ouside ideas and suggestions. So far, several Billion US dollars have been spent on malaria during the past decade or so with meager results. Not only are there drug resistance issues in many countries, there is increasing insecticide resistance surfacing within many malaria vector populations and/or we are forcing them to change their host-seeking behavior to outdoors from almost exclusively endophagic & endophillic. As this continues to happen, the WHO continues to push their concept of integrated vector management that relies almost exclusively on mosquito nets placing other vector suppression interventions on a "deploy if funding is available" basis. Taking this position, the WHO seems to have forgotten that malaria is a mosquito-borne disease. As long as they continue to neglect the vector, malaria will continue to afflict the poorest of the poor who do not have the means to protect themselves against the mosquito. Not addressing the vector in a truely integrated manner that addresses all its life stages, from the egg to the adult, is like mopping the floor every time a clogged toilet is flushed without unclogging it first.

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