How far is the journey before malaria is knocked out of Zimbabwe? (or Africa): A commentary

Clive Shiff

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Recent publications and statements have drawn attention to a sustainable system of managing malaria control interventions globally but especially on the Continent of Africa. Arbitrary and unstable governments often interfere with health programmes, causing upsurges in malaria transmission as well as other health issues. A well-run health infrastructure will deal with public health as a whole. This commentary follows historical conditions in Zimbabwe where much original work on malaria control was initiated and implemented and where unstable conditions happened through local politics. These periodic conditions of instability on the ground challenge the current philosophical thrust to eradication and stress the need and role of an established and well-staffed health infrastructure in each country. Such facilities should be well staffed and supplied with drugs and point-of care diagnostic tests to manage malaria and should be sustained to serve the community even after tools that can eradicate malaria are developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number423
JournalMalaria journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 16 2019


  • Africa
  • Health infrastructure
  • History
  • Local priorities and politics
  • Sustained malaria control
  • Zimbabwe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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