24 Apr 2015
Dudley Tarlton, Programme Specialist, Health and Development
A mother and child recover from malaria in a hospital in Burundi. The Government provides free health care for pregnant women and children under five.
Photo: Maria Cierna/UNDP
Eliminating malaria seems like a straightforward issue. The virus is transmitted to people through bites from infected mosquitoes. So if we prevent the mosquito bites, we can eliminate the virus. But decades of malaria control efforts show there is more to the story. Much of our vulnerability to malaria, it turns out, is determined by human actions. The conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age define to a great extent who is vulnerable to malaria and who is not. …