Letters

Global campaign to eradicate malaria

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7312.571 (Published 08 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:571

Meeting showed scope for scaling up campaign

  1. Sylvia Meek, director (sylvia.meek@lshtm.ac.uk),
  2. Jane Edmondson, human and institutional development coordinator,
  3. Dennis Carroll, senior health adviser
  1. Malaria Consortium (London and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT
  2. USAID Global Bureau, Office of Health and Nutrition, Washington, DC 20523, USA
  3. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool L3 5Q
  4. Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  5. World Bank, Washington, DC 20433, USA
  6. Cardiff School of Biosciences, University of Cardiff, PO Box 915, Cardiff CF10 3TL

    EDITOR—Yamey's editorial summarises some of the key issues raised at the fourth global partners' meeting for Roll Back Malaria.1 As he says, more and rapid action is desperately needed at country level. Three other messages, however, came across strongly at the meeting.

    The first is that partners within countries are not waiting for the outside world to tell them how to start. Several countries have recognised the opportunities to make a real difference as part of Roll Back Malaria. For instance, in Uganda those responsible for malaria and for integrated management of childhood illness are working together to support the campaign's objectives instead of competing over territory.

    After developing strategies to reduce poverty Uganda is already benefiting from increased malaria allocations through debt relief and other funds earmarked for poverty sensitive activities. Malawi is implementing a strategy for reducing the burden of malaria in pregnancy. Despite a relatively simple and cheap intervention known to be effective, few countries have gone …

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