Malaria control again
In late September, Richard Feachem of the Global Fund for aids, tb and Malaria (gfatm) visited India, only to be embroiled in a controversy when the media fell upon statements he made regarding India having overtaken South Africa as the world's no 1 country with hiv/aids cases. So, while the focus fell on aids, what went unnoticed was a malaria programme that Feachem kicked off.
Even their proposal is error-ridden. For instance, according to nvbdcp, the annual parasite index (indicates malaria prevalence in a population) has decreased from 11.2 in 1976 to 1.51 in 2003. But in the gfatm proposal, the same index for 2002 is mentioned as 4.60. This will be brought down to 3.2 by 2009. If this is true, then the incidence of the disease will be doubled, not reduced!
Already, there are signs of facile duplication: how different is the surveillance and reporting under the gfatm programme to be from the recently cleared us $68 million World Bank funded Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme (idsp)?
Surprising: according to the idsp document, emcp was a success; whereas the bank itself has criticised the programme and its implementation elsewhere! Will somebody please think of malaria, and controlling it?
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