How to reduce malaria cases by half?

The World Health Organization has a new report showing dramatic decreases in malaria in Rwanda and Ethiopia following the large-scale distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and artemisinin-combination therapy drugs (ACTs)

From the Deltoid science blog (Hat tip to Crooked Timber)

What is unusual is the pre-intervention spike. I haven’t read the study in depth, but this makes me nervous. Maybe due to abnormally high rainfall?

3 thoughts on “How to reduce malaria cases by half?

  1. I too would like to see the graph extended on the left into the late 1990s. The weather could have a big impact we cannot see on this view.

  2. I wonder if there was a similar decline in the number of malaria cases after the introduction of prior antimalarials, ie chloroquine, fansidar, etc only for there to be an inexorable rise in cases as resistance to novel antimalarials increases

  3. Now that you have your fancy bednet, no need to go to the clinic to get chloraquine. Must be something else.