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Malaria Elimination: Right Goal; Right Direction; Wrong Road? (English)


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Recorded on November 22, 2010.

Acknowledgment

This presentation is made possible by the UC Irvine Framework Program in Global Health, funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (http://publichealth.uci.edu/gh_docs/index).

Abstract

Every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria, a parasitic infection initiated by the bite of a mosquito. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 300 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, resulting in approximately 1 million premature deaths, mostly of children under the age of 5 years in sub- Saharan Africa. But the geography of malaria burden extends to Asia and South America. Rapid population movement, environmental changes, and inability to deploy effective prevention strategies threaten to increase the range and severity of the disease. Target 6C of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) aims to halt or begin to reverse the incidence of malaria by the year 2015. Is this an achievable goal? There are many tools in the scientific box, but great uncertainty on how to deploy them.

There is Word document to permit you to carry out the exercise here. http://cast.nacs.uci.edu/ocw/collections/public_health/2010_UCI_Exercise_Objective.doc.

Biography

Dr. Mark Q. Benedict is a consultant to the Gates Foundation project on the application of transgenic mosquitoes for malaria control through induced sterility of disease vectors. He was a Research Medical Entomologist at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria where he managed the mosquito sterile insect technique development program and field activities in Sudan and Reunion Island. For more than ten years, he worked at the CDC’s MR4 facility (Malaria Research and Reference Agent Center), and as a MacArthur Foundation Vector-Biology Network-sponsored fellow.


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