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Eradicating malaria: Experts say efforts to beat malaria may backfire (extract from BBC News)

Efforts to eradicate malaria in some countries may be counter-productive, an international team of researchers suggest.

Read full article here --> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11643868

Shrinking map
Malaria is caused by five species of a parasite that can be carried from human to human by mosquitoes.
Over the last 150 years, the portion of the world where malaria is still endemic has shrunk, but the disease is still endemic in 99 countries.
However 32 of these countries, most of them on the edges of the endemic zone, are attempting to eradicate the disease, while the rest are trying to reduce infections and deaths though control measures.
But switching from a policy of controlling the disease to one of eradication brings with it problems and risks, according to the report.
The authors point out that malaria and mosquitoes do not respect national borders and that both parasite and insect may develop resistance to existing drugs.
They also warn switching funds from co…

Dakar, or is it "Darker"?

The persistent power problem in Dakar, and the rest of Senegal, is hitting its inhabitants very hard. This thriving West African nation has become very dependent on electricity to the point that when electricity fails, the water supply fails too. Most residences (including mine) endures water shortages to compound the electricity problem as the pump that drives the water ceases to function. No electricity no water!

To complicate matters further, there is now constant shortage of cooking gas!

Dakar is obviously not the darkest city in West Africa, but it is indeed becoming "Darker".

See article from Reuters: "Senegal sacks minister as anger over power cuts grows"

Eradicating malaria: a missed opportunity?

Read about how we failed to eradicate malaria in the world. A missed opportunity indeed.
My question is: Why control something that can be eradicated?
Where there's no will, there's no way...
Click here for the full article from CDC.