London, Reuters – Eradicating malaria is biologically feasible and a lofty aim, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but the focus for now should be getting the funds, tools and political will to control it.
Launching the findings of a three-year long analysis of the global fight against malaria, WHO experts said that while ending the mosquito-borne disease ‘can be done’, it’s not yet possible to put a price tag or target date on achieving eradication.
Setting unrealistic goals with unknown costs and endpoints can lead to “frustration and backlashes”, said the director of the WHO’s global malaria program, Pedro Alonso, so the world should focus first on developing new medicines, vaccines and insecticides to get malaria cases and deaths under control.
“With the tools that we have today, it is most unlikely that eradication could be achieved,” Alonso told reporters in a telephone briefing. “We need to focus on getting back on track.”
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