Malaria As Diplomacy

For husband-and-wife team Myaing Myaing Nyunt and Chris Plowe, fighting malaria in Burma (Myanmar) is one part science, one part diplomacy.
 
Given the risk that treatment-resistant malaria in the region could spread globally, the stakes are especially high.  
 
Amid Burma’s conflicts between the government and ethnic groups, banishing malaria may be one thing all sides can get behind. Via malaria, the pair have initiated communication between political and military leaders and ethnic group representatives who had been in armed conflict for years.
 
Still, big questions linger: “Can we have a diplomatic relationship with a government that has been accused of such human rights abuses and still protect our values?” Nyunt asks.

Duke Global Health Institute


 

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