Infectious Disease Group: Department of Public Health

Special seminar in global health
The New Global Malaria Eradication Program: Challenges and Lessons Learned from the South Pacific”
Tom Burkot, PhD, Professor and Tropical Leader, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University

Department of Entomology
2 pm September 21st
Room 150, Russell Laboratories

The seminar will review the original DDT based malaria eradication program of the 1950-60s and compare it to the new attempt to eradicate malaria being undertaken today.  The many obstacles include questions as to whether insecticide treated bed nets and indoor residual spraying will be enough to eliminate malaria.  Examples from Papua Guinea and the Solomon Islands argue that the technical challenges can be overcome and there is reason for optimism that malaria elimination is achievable in our lifetime.