Lessons learned from malaria

Italy's past and sub-Sahara's future

Louis F. Amorosa, Gilberto Corbellini, Mario Coluzzi

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Abstract

No longer a major public health concern in developed countries, malaria kills 1-3 million people annually, mostly children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1998, the WHO launched the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) drive to halve malaria mortality by 2010. This article contrasts the problems confronting RBM with the successful Italian drive to eradicate malaria between the late 19th and mid 20th centuries. The Italians employed education and applied socio-political will; however, ecological and socio-economic conditions in sub-Saharan Africa are more hospitable to the disease. RBM strategies should consider the Italian experience while awaiting a major scientific breakthrough necessary to achieve success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalHealth and Place
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Anopheles gambiae
  • Bonification
  • Endemic stability
  • Naturally acquired immunity
  • Plasmodium falciprum
  • Roll Back Malaria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Health(social science)

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Lessons learned from malaria : Italy's past and sub-Sahara's future. / Amorosa, Louis F.; Corbellini, Gilberto; Coluzzi, Mario.

In: Health and Place, Vol. 11, No. 1, 03.2005, p. 67-73.

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Amorosa, Louis F. ; Corbellini, Gilberto ; Coluzzi, Mario. / Lessons learned from malaria : Italy's past and sub-Sahara's future. In: Health and Place. 2005 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 67-73.
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