Pivotal Point in the Mekong

We’re at a pivotal point in the fight against malaria, says Christopher Plowe, with drug-resistant strains appearing in Southeast Asia and threatening to spread to Africa. In a New York Times op-ed, Plowe argues that our best bet is to eliminate malaria from the Mekong region.
 
The strategy’s success will depend on coordination and elimination accelerators—“including highly sensitive new tests to identify symptom-free carriers of malaria infection, and mass drug treatment of infected groups or populations.”
 
Plowe, the founding director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, was named Director of Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Today reported yesterday.

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